New Zealand’s cities will be the first in the world to welcome in 2020 and Auckland is where the biggest and brightest celebrations will be seen.
For the first time, the Auckland War Memorial Museum will light up to join Vector Lights’ sparkling display on the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Sky City and supporting on-water fireworks display at the end of Queens Wharf.
What’s happening in Auckland on New Year’s Eve?
- Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland Museum will light up from dusk to dawn over NYE
- For the first time, Te Ara I Whiti – Light Path will light up in sync with the Vector Lights show on the Auckland Harbour Bridge
- For the second year, a Vector Lights show will take place on the Auckland Harbour Bridge from 9pm – 1am, and at midnight the show will sync with the 5-minute Sky Tower fireworks display
- For the first time, the much-loved SkyCity midnight fireworks from Auckland’s Sky Tower paired with laser and light animation display
- SkyCity will host a street part on Federal Street from 5pm – midnight
- Britomart Block Party is a ticketed event in Britomart from 8pm – 4am
- Silo Park and Karanga Plaza will host an alcohol-free, family-friendly event from 5pm – midnight, featuring food trucks and live entertainment
- Business-as-usual bar and restaurant offerings in the heart of the city
- An additional fireworks display will take place from a barge on the water near Queens Wharf
- Road closures will take place in the city centre from 10pm – 2am (3am – 4am on Federal Street) – please see information below
For general awareness
- Some roads will be closed in the city centre from 10pm – 2am; please plan your journey in advance
- Some bus routes will have detours between 10pm – 2am
- Additional public transport options will be available post-midnight
- Auckland Transport’s dedicated webpage for New Year’s Eve will detail all the transport options, up-to-date information on public transport, road closures, and detours on the night
- Free to Air LIVE coverage will be available on TVNZ 1, 2, DUKE, OnDemand and 1 News Now, Associated Press (AP) and global affiliates
Key vantage points for capturing images/video
- Karanga Plaza / Silo Park
- Little Shoal Bay, Northcote
- Bayswater Marina
- Mt Victoria, Devonport
- Queens Parade, Devonport
- Bastion Point
- Harbour View Beach Reserve
- Te Atatū Peninsula
- Sentinel Beach, Herne Bay
- Mt Eden
The sound of a pūtātara (conch) heralds the arrival of the New Year and begins the countdown activation that highlights several Auckland landmarks and our unique Māori and Pasifika culture.