Fireworks light up New Zealand's New Year celebrations
Revellers around the country welcomed in 2016 with music and fireworks, including 500kg of pyrotechnics lighting up the Auckland night from the top of the Sky Tower.
A four-hour laser show was beamed onto the Sky Tower in the lead-up to five minutes of fireworks choreographed to a soundtrack of Kiwi music, featuring Savage, Shapeshifter and Sol3 Mio.
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Free New Year festivities returned to North Hagley Park this year, with the Summertimes New Year's Eve Party. The line-up included young singers and dancers, before the adult entertainment took to the stage from 9pm. Thousands of people flocked to Mt Maunganui, where they were entertained by band Trinity Roots, SunLive reported.
Later in the evening DJ Lyrakill, one of New Zealand's most renowned club DJs, drew crowds to the beach stage. A midnight fireworks display ended the year with a bang.
In central Tauranga, families and friends welcomed in 2016 with live music and a waterfront barbecue, followed by a spectacular fireworks display at the family-friendly time of 9.30pm.
On a brilliant Wellington night, New Year's Eve celebrations at the harbourside Frank Kitts Lagoon included fireworks and music from the Rodger Fox Big Band.
Nelson welcomed in 2016 with pumping music, spectacular fireworks and family fun.
About 6000 people gathered on Trafalgar St near the Church Steps to boogie down at this year's holiday bash, described by organiser Huup Waagen as a "socially engineered" family-oriented event.
At music festival Rhythm & Vines, near Gisborne, police said behaviour was a marked improvement on a year ago. They arrested three people overnight for disorder and one for assault, and turned away dozens of "highly intoxicated" people.
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The last sunset from Sky Cafe at 182m high, what a way to end a great year! pic.twitter.com/wUutgtANsK— SKYCITY Auckland (@SKYCITYAkl) December 31, 2015
Crowd loving fire dancers at Whairepo lagoon by Frank Kitts park! pic.twitter.com/23GvERm9KI— Celia Wade-Brown (@WellingtonMayor) December 31, 2015
From Thorndon, Wellington's "fireworks" looked like the ironic apocalypse in a low-budget indie film. I liked it.— The Blurst of Toms (@badtom) December 31, 2015