New Year’s in NZ! 5 Tips for International Students to Celebrate the New Year
Not sure what to do this New Year’s Eve? We’ve got some ideas that might help you decide where to go and what to do in the leadup to, and on, New Year’s Eve. These are our five tips to help you have a memorable New Years in New Zealand. Happy NZ New Year!
1. Road trip
Going on an epic ‘roadie’ across the country is one of the best ways to explore NZ and meet plenty of interesting characters along the way. Kiwis in general are very welcoming and friendly, so don’t be surprised if you meet a few local legends in your travels. One of our highly recommended travel ideas is to tour the entire North Island from lighthouse to lighthouse. Start with Wellington’s Cape Palliser lighthouse at the bottom of the North island and work your way up State Highway One to Cape Reinga. If you’ve got enough time on your hands before your studies begin you can even do the Cape Reinga lighthouse to Stirling point State Highway One challenge (or vice-versa, depending on which island you are starting in). The 2,085km journey will take around 29 hours of drive time if you were to do it all in one go, however we recommend taking two to three weeks to make the most of your long drive along NZ’s main road, stopping off in Dunedin, Timaru, Christchurch, Wellington, Taupo, Hamilton, Auckland, Whangarei and any of the smaller towns on your way. Plan your trip dates and figure out where you want to be for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, the rest of the trip is about exploring new places on your way down (or up) the country.
If you are into big parties, loud music and lots of people, these are the places to go. Considered a rite of passage for students across the country, New Year festivals can be found across the country, from the South; Christchurch NYE, Queenstown NYE, Rhythm & Alps/R&A (Wanaka) to the North; Auckland NYE, Wellington NYE, Rhythm and Vines/R&V (Gisborne), Northern Bass and Highlife NYE (Waiheke). In the city centres, there are various events to attend, places to go and fireworks to see. At one of the festivals you will have specific line-ups of DJ’s and bands to enjoy, in one of three stunning locations. Head to the Gisborne vineyards and be one of the first people in the world to see the sun rise at R&V. Take a trip to Northland and enjoy the heavy sounds of drum n’ bass at Northern Bass. Or choose to spend your time down South in picturesque Wanaka at R&A.
Where will you be when the sun comes up? Can you make it through to the dawn of the next year? New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the sun rise in the New Year, and many make it their goal to stay up to witness the occasion. It’s the one day of the year when it’s worthwhile, especially because its summer – the nights are short, and the days are long!
4. House party
Sometimes it’s better to get a good bunch of friends around you and have a party, lunch, dinner and drinks at your place, or at a good friend’s house or bach (holiday home) to bring in the New Year! It’s quieter than at a festival and you get to control the music/movie choices and spending more time relaxing, rather than running/driving around trying to find a place to celebrate.
5. 2019 Goals
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Have you got a plan for 2019? It may be related to your studies, hobbies or even your current travel itinerary, but everyone should take time to reflect on 2018 and think about how they are going to make 2019 a better year.
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