Visit Wellington on New Years Eve 2018

New Years Eve in Wellington

The windy city of Wellington is the second biggest and the capital city of New Zealand. The city is located on the foreshore of Wellington Harbor and surrounded by mountains. This is among places to welcome New Year 2018 the first in the world.


New Years Eve is celebrated with free music, films and fireworks by Frank Kitts Park Lagoon, and a food truck village in Odlins Plaza.

The evening kicks off with family entertainment from 8:00 pm, with The Hollywoods singing all your favorite tunes, followed by a kids countdown at 9:00 pm.

The Big Band NYE begins at 8:00 pm, when the popular waterfront site will come alive with newly commissioned illuminations. A special mini-countdown will take place at 9pm for little ones who need to get home to bed.

From 10:00 pm, in true artsy city style, the entertainment consists of iconic local movies to the soundtrack of Wellington Orchestra during the countdown to  to midnight and a blast of fireworks to bring in the New Year.

Recommended partying places

Popular destinations for NYE parties are listed below:

  • Boogie Wonderland at 25-29 Courtenay Place, Wellington 6011
  • Bar and Eatery at 48/52 Courtenay Plaza, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
  • Thistle Inn Tavern at 3 Mulgrave Street, Wellington 6011
  • Santa Fe Dreamgirls at 37 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
  • The Grand Steakhouse Wellington at 69 Courtenay Place, Wellington 6011
  • Calendar Girls Gentlemen’s Club at 13 Dixon Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
  • Hawthorn Lounge at 82 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
  • The Welsh Dragon Bar at 10/12 Cambridge Terrace, Mt Victoria, Wellington 6011
  • Ivy Bar & Cabaret at 49 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
  • The Mermaid Wellington Strip Club at 73 Courtenay Pl, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
  • Scotty and Mal’s Cocktail and Lounge Bar at 176 Cuba Street, Wellington 6011
  • The Bangalore Polo Club at 63 Courtenay Plaza, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
  • Motel Bar at Forresters Ln, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

Recommeded hotels

Most booked resorts and hotels for Christmas and New Year holidays”

  • Willis Wellington Hotel
  • Copthorne Hotel, Rydges Wellington
  • Hotel ibis Wellington
  • CityLife Wellington
  • James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
  • InterContinental Wellington
  • CQ Hotels Wellington, Hotel Novotel Wellington
  • Hotel Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman Hotel
  • Trinity Hotel
  • James Cook Hotel Grand