Top New Year's Eve destinations

Last updated 15:04 19/12/2013

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Auckland has made it to the top of Listopedia's Ultimate New Year's Eve Bucket List, along with major cities like New York and Tokyo.

The travel website Expedia recommended Auckland at the top of the list, touting the New Year fireworks from the top of the Sky Tower.

The super city was also rated as one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit next year by Lonely Planet.

Auckland was placed alongside iconic hotspots including Paris, Zurich, Shanghai and Vancouver in the ninth annual guide, which highlighted the trendiest destinations, journeys and experiences for the upcoming year.

Auckland was recognised for its cuisine, culture and coastal scenery with Lonely Planet saying: "Food, arts and exploring the coastal hinterland are all excellent reasons to extend your stay in New Zealand's biggest and most cosmopolitan city."

Here's Listopedia's full list:

Auckland Be (almost) the first in the world to usher in the new year by celebrating on Auckland's waterfront under fireworks blasting off from the Sky Tower and all around the city. Other vantage spots include across the harbour on Mt Victoria at Devonport or out on a boat with your party gear on.

Sydney Circular Quay is the place to be as Sydney Habour gets ready to ring in the new year. The night starts early, with aerial acrobatic displays over the harbour from 6pm, followed by music, fireworks at 9pm and midnight, and a light display.

Tokyo The ringing of bells 108 times across all the Buddhist temples marks the new year in Japan. Fireworks burst into the sky, and one of the best places to view them is from Disneyland Tokyo.

Shanghai While Chinese New Year actually takes place at the end of January, December 31st is still a night of celebration, and in Shanghai you'll be treated to a laser light show and fireworks on the Bund. Get there early before the police close the roads and the show begins.

Moscow Red Square is the place to be when the clock strikes midnight and fireworks light up the Kremlin, Lenin's Mausoleum and the cathedrals. Wrap up warm because it's also likely to be snowing, making this an extra special spectacular moment in time.

Istanbul Choose to celebrate in Taksim Square, the hub of the entertainment district, or head for the Bosphorus Bridge which has the best vantage point for the fireworks that are set off from different spots across the city.

Paris You'll find the throng gathered at the Champs Elysees from 9pm. Position yourself with a view of the Eiffel Tower but don't expect fireworks. Instead the tower will be covered in sparkly lights.

London The best place to stand when the clocks strikes 12 is right underneath it. Big Ben will not only ring in the New Year but is also the place to be for pyromaniacs who love a good show. The UKs biggest display happens at the London Eye in front of 250,000 people, with DJs playing the latest sets for one big party.

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Rio de Janeiro Stand anywhere along Copacabana Beach from 8pm and join the millions who travel from all over the world to ring in the new year with live music and fireworks launched from barges in the ocean.

New York The most iconic place to be in America is Times Square, rugged up warm and waiting for the famous Waterford crystal ball to drop. Clubs, bars and restaurants hold parties all over town, but for free entertainment, get here early to count down with one million of your closest friends and a billion more watching on TV.

- Stuff


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