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New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Queenstown

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New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Queenstown

Hi! We are now planning our trip to New Zealand, and we can only be in Queenstown New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Is there a recommended place to watch fireworks that would not be too crowded?

Also, are businesses open on New Year’s Day ?

What is there to do for tourists on New Year’s Day, that would not be water sports?

We love to walk , and we will not have a car. Thanks!

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1. Re: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Queenstown

Queenstown will be packed so I doubt there will be a non-crowded place.

It is a tourist town so most places will be open on New Years but will probably have a 15% surcharge.

There is the gondola up the hill and the Earnslaw cruise across the lake. Not sure if you count jetboat rides as watersports. A couple of tours start from the town waterfront and take you across the lake and down the river

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2. Re: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Queenstown

I would think down by the lake would be a good spot for NYE.

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3. Re: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Queenstown

queenstown, new year eve and not crowded just dont go together.

it will have a great vibe, activities, but will be busy. thats just part of the vibe of queenstown.

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4. Re: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Queenstown

Very helpful to plan vacation around holidays! Thank you all!

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5. Re: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Queenstown

Humming. Buzzing and popping are some of the words that accurately describe the atmosphere in Queenstown at this time.

There will be a big police presence so things should not get out of hand.

It will pretty much be the same in other holiday hot spots around the country. Conversely cities like Dunedin, Christchurch etc could be very quiet as everyone has gone to Queenstown, Wanaka and Tauranga!

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6. Re: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Queenstown

Mt Maunganui will be far more busy compared to Tauranga. This is a renowned North Island coastal holiday hotspot in the Bay of Plenty. Tauranga can't get it's act together regarding, roading, parking and basic community infrastructure. And Mt Maunganui is caught up in the current mess being adjacent to Tauranga.

All the best for your NYE celebrations in Queenstown. A large Police presence is warranted in this South Island holiday hotspot. But anywhere around NZ that supports a lax fireworks policy and lots of congregating revellers, needs a lot of control that particular night.

If your accommodation - hotel/motel B&B or apartment, has a good view, I would stay safe well away from those over-indulging. A nice BBQ or restaurant dinner earlier would be my pick of the NYE bunch; anywhere.

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7. Re: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Queenstown

Thanks! Would you or anybody know of a hotel in Queenstown that would have a nice view of the fireworks! That would actually be a very good idea, and since we are planning so much in advance, we may have a chance at booking such a hotel room!

A recommendation for a NYE dinner would also be really nice! We will be 4 adults.

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8. Re: New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Queenstown

would be great views of fireworks from here https://queenstown.skyline.co.nz/things-to-do/stratosfare-restaurant-queenstown/?gad_source=1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMInezXjO_MhAMVAiaDAx1F8w_HEAAYASAAEgJKnfD_BwE

do be aware that the greater queenstown area copes with the tourists as its a tourist town so everything will be happy vibe. it is also the rhythm and alps festival at this time, which attracts over 10,000 festival goers who book accommodations from wanaka to queenstown - and they do book up. https://rhythmandalps.co.nz/

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