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Things to do

New Year's Eve in the capital

From The Feelers to fireworks and dinner to dancing, we've got your New Year's Eve celebrations covered.

Family fun and fireworks

NYE waterfront

Head to Wellington's waterfront for family entertainment, then from 10pm the Rodger Fox Big Band swings into action with with a set-list of essential New Year’s Eve party hits from the 1980s on. Finish it off with a fantastic fireworks display and a midnight countdown.

Something different


Enjoy a big line-up of live comedy at VK's Comedy & Blues Bar and say goodbye to 2016 with a load of laughter. A three-part comedy special with three different MC's; you won't know what to expect.

Head to Hashigo Zake, enjoy their delicious selection of craft beers and let The Solid Statesmen of that Nu Jazz Soul deliver you into 2017 totally funked up!

Sweet sounds of summer

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Kick start 2017 with the soothing sounds of reggae when legends UB40 bring their Red Red Wine Vineyard Tour (2 Jan) to Martinborough's Luna Estate. 

Kiwi reggae more your style? Check out Katchafire (30 Dec) when they come to Petone's McEwan Park with special guests Aardhna, Sons of Zion and Kora. 

Dragon, Mi-Sex and The Feelers will go head-to-head in an epic Clash of the Titans (28 Dec) and it's guaranteed to be a rip-roaring night of nostalgia and good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll.

Sporting good times

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Summer wouldn't be the same without a day at the cricket, so be sure to head to the Basin for some Super Smash T20 action when the Wellington Firebirds take on the Otago Volts (3 Jan).

On New Year's Day, head to the Stadium and cheer on the Wellington Phoenix as they battle against Adelaide United in round 13 of the Hyundai A-League.

Dinner and a dance

NYE dinner dance

Enjoy a six-course dinner at St John's and be at the centre of Wellington city's New Years Eve event.

Venture north to Martinborough where Tirohana Estate will host a gala dinner in their Grand Marquee, nestled in the vines. Tuck into a seven-course meal, dance to live entertainment, and culminate the night with a countdown and Auld Lang Syne.

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