The New Year will be welcomed in with a bang when fireworks light up the Wellington skies.
For the first time in more than a decade, Wellington City Council is putting on a fireworks display to mark the New Year, rounding off a four hour waterfront celebration.
Revellers in the capital will be able to welcome 2013 from 8pm, with stages set up at Odlins Plaza and Frank Kitts Park with live acts entertaining the crowds at the alcohol-free event.
Acts include Adam Page, Bella Kalolo and Monophone.
Council spokesman Richard MacLean said a fireworks display was an appropriate way to round out 2012.
"People love them - and it marks the midnight hour in a very obvious way."
There will also be a kids' countdown at 9pm for those unable to stay up until midnight.
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