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00:46, Dec 18 2012
New Years Eve
KISS AND HOPE: Chris Abaire kisses Kirsten Razz after proposing to her as last New Year's Eve ball dropped in New York's Times Square.

The team at travel agent Student Flights has put together their pick of New Years Eve festivals around the world, so you can put together a wish list of destinations and celebrate.

Rhythm & Vines, Gisborne

New Zealand’s largest New Year’s Eve festival will be celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, featuring 100 acts on five different stages at Wai-o-hika Estate in Gisborne. This is definitely one for festival lovers not afraid of a huge, three-day affair.

New Years Eve
MORNIJNG GLORY: One of the most famous stretches of sand in the world, Bondi Beach in Sydney is a great place to start 2013.

Hogmanay, Edinburgh

One of the largest New Year’s Eve events in the world, Hogmanay attracts over 100,000 people every year, promising four days of cultural highlights, theatre, music, dance and street extravaganzas, topped off by a fireworks display.

Shore Thing, Bondi Beach, Sydney


Welcome in the New Year on one of the most famous stretches of sand. Running since 2005, Shore Thing has attracted some of the biggest names in music including Fatboy Slim, David Guetta, Snoop Dog and Calvin Harris. Make the most of your stay and spend a few days exploring the rest of Sydney – the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is a must-do.

Koh Phangan, Thailand

Famous for its Full Moon Party, New Year’s Eve on the island attracts thousands of party lovers. Relax under the coconut trees on a white sandy beach by day and enjoy the party at night with 12 major sound systems running the length of Had Rin beach.

Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro

With over two million people expected to descend on Copacabana Beach, this is one of the largest New Year’s Eve parties in the world. It attracts some of the best DJs and bands in the industry, there are performances on multiple stages set out along the beach and when the clock strikes midnight you are treated to half an hour of fireworks, launched off barges in the ocean.

Times Square, New York City

New Years Eve in NYC is celebrated with star-studded performances, an explosion of pyrotechnics, balloons, pompons and a rainfall of confetti. When the clock hits 12, the famous New Year’s Eve ball drops from the flagpole at the top of Times Square as everyone welcomes in the New Year. Remember to dress warmly and get there early, the streets begin closing at 6pm and move north as more people arrive.

Coro Gold, Whitianga

A two-day festival set on a beautiful, sprawling farm, Coro Gold is the perfect way to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your friends during an epic kiwi summer. Featuring some of New Zealand’s best talent including Fat Freddy’s Drop, Katchafire and Ladi6, you can choose to either camp on-site at the event or hire local accommodation.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

You don’t need a ticket to a festival in Amsterdam, the party is in the streets. The largest annual countdown traditionally takes place in front of the Rijksmusueum, starting at 9.30pm and continuing on after midnight, welcoming throngs of people from all over the world. The display of fireworks over the Amstel River is a must – head for the magere brug (skinny bridge) for the best view of the show.