Planning a New Year’s Eve in Auckland this year? Whether you’re a local staying put for the celebrations or a visitor to the City of Sails, Auckland has so much to offer for ringing in 2018 – starting with a delicious meal which leads to the dance floor!
Our top picks for places to eat and start the celebrations with your New Year’s crew, family or significant other are:
Waiheke is always the perfect option for a quick trip that feels like you’re a world away from Auckland, with the option of jumping on one of the late ferries you’ll be back in your own bed to kick the New Year off with a sleep in. Cable Bay has you sorted this year with an exclusive New Year’s event of amazing food, fine wine and entertainment. There are two dining packages available, which include a glass of bubbles on arrival, multiple course menu’s, live music and that stunning view! The festivities start at 6pm and the last ferry back to the city is at 1am.
Bookings are essential, tickets available from Eventfinda
Around the Viaduct and Wynyard Quarter is always the go-to spot for New Years celebrations, and this year is no different. Wondergarden is back this year with a huge line up of New Zealand’s most exciting artists. It is a family friendly festival which kicks off at Silo Park at 2pm. So why not start just around the harbour at Giraffe for a beautiful lunch overlooking the boats. If there is a group of you, we recommend the Roasted Milk-Fed Lamb with pomegranate & mint sauce, perfect for 6 people and a real festive treat!
Wondergarden tickets available from Wondergarden
3. MR TOMS
Ponsonby is always a good choice, and, for New Year’s Eve, MR TOMS is the ideal place to get in the mood. The sun is always shining on that side of the strip, and MR TOMS Summer Sessions start at 4pm. Live music and cocktail specials galore, including our personal favourite – Frosé! Music, fruity drinks and shared plates of Beef Short Ribs and Lamb Ribs in the sun with mates sounds like a perfect New Year’s Eve situation to us!