Farewell to 2013

The sun finally showed it face for revellers wishing to farewell 2013 with a barbecue in Auckland.

Police were reporting few problems as the sun set and those party goers hit the streets.

The planned celebrations included the Britomart Beach Party, fireworks shooting from the Sky Tower and for ports fans, watching tennis star Marina Erakovic competing at the ASB Classic.

Aucklanders wanting to escape the city also crammed onto the ferry for the High Life festival at Stony Ridge Vineyard on Waiheke.

Meanwhile, Tom Cruise was creating a buzz in Northland.

The Hollywood actor was rumoured to be welcoming in the  New Year on his luxury yacht Suri in the Bay of Islands.

Cruise has been known to visit the area in the past and even rumoured to be on the look out for some coastal property.

However, restaurant and vineyards owners in Russell said they had not spotted the star this New Year’s.

A well-known Auckland personality, Kim Dotcom, joined party goers at Rhythm and Vines in Gisborne.

The internet mogul turned musician planned to take the stage to perform his dance album Good Times.

Dotcom also shouted a light show - with fireballs, dancers and lightning bolts - to entertain the crowd of more than 25,000.

Another Auckland man to make a few headlines this year wished everyone a happy New Year’s.

Although Auckland mayor Len Brown made no mention of his embarrassing sex scandal or controversial use of hotel freebies in his New Year’s Eve greeting. 

“I hope you are able to take a break, recharge the batteries and enjoy another awesome Auckland summer,” he wrote on Facebook.

As darkness set in, police and the fire service reported a quiet start to the night.

Police had no reports of significant problems in Auckland.

A Southern police communications spokesman said there were dealing with some drunk and disorderly behaviour, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Wellington police also reported a quiet start to the night, perhaps to do with Wellington City Council calling off its annual family-friendly celebrations in favour of a picnic tomorrow.

Senior sergeant Jimmy McGrogan said it was early days, but the focus would on the Wellington CBD, "where most people come to party".

Fairfax Media