The Best Places in Australia and New Zealand to Welcome in the New Year 2021

New Year's Eve fireworks over Sydney harbour

What a year 2020 has been for us all. New Year’s Eve 2019 seems an age ago, as do all those plans for travel and resolutions we made for 2020, and I think it’s fair to say, we’re all looking forward to a new year. New Year’s Eve 2020 is the perfect time to enjoy some festivity, and things in both Australia and New Zealand are looking positive, so a New Year’s Eve getaway is definitely on the cards. Even though international travel both in and out of Australia and New Zealand is still not possible, and may not be for some time into 2021, staycations in one of these extraordinarily beautiful countries offer so much, so keep reading, and wake up in January 2021 in the heart of nature.

Someone watching fireworks for New Year

Enjoy the new year; Sydney and glamping in New South Wales

Thankfully, as things stand, those famous fireworks over the Sydney Opera House are set to go ahead, albeit, a more toned-down version due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a thank you to all the front line workers who have done so much during the last year, the local authorities will be giving those front line workers priority for the New Year’s Eve Sydney fireworks. However, you can still enjoy the bright lights as we welcome in the new year. In Sydney, NYE has always been a big deal, and you can still enjoy a new year’s getaway. Once the fireworks are done and you’ve nursed that hangover, head-out into the great outdoors and go glamping in New South Wales to celebrate the arrival of 2021.

People watching the Sydney NYE fireworks

Plan New Year holidays in Tasmania

While not as grand as the Sydney Harbour celebrations, Hobart, Tasmania, has always had quite the festivities to celebrate the new year. The Taste of Tasmania festival is usually something to look forward to, however, this year it has sadly been canceled. Nevertheless, holidays in Tasmania to ring in 2021 are still an option, and things to do in Hobart for December 31 will, as it stands, include celebrating New Year’s Eve 2020 with some fireworks. Once you’ve enjoyed a New Year’s Eve party, head out and explore this island state. From Freycinet National Park to whale watching along the coast, there are plenty of great things to do in Tasmania.

holidays in Tasmania

Things to do in Auckland to welcome in 2021

Auckland, along with the rest of New Zealand, is full steam ahead for New Year’s Eve. If you’re wondering about things to do in Auckland for the new year, head to the viaduct area of bars down on the waterfront will be the place to be, and make sure you have a good view of the 328m Sky Tower, the center of the annual fireworks display, the highlight of New Year’s Eve in Auckland. To really enjoy your New Year getaway, think about glamping in Auckland after the festivities have died down. There a number of great places to visit in Auckland to enjoy the great outdoors, beach vacations, and more, the perfect way to say fare thee well, 2020.

Fireworks at the Sky Tower

Plan a New Year’s Eve Party on the Bay of Islands

Want a full summer vacation for the ultimate New Year’s Eve party? With a plethora of stunning beaches, islands, as well as the opportunity to enjoy some watersports and fishing, the Bay of Islands is the perfect spot for a secluded getaway and a memorable new year all at once. The small town of Paihia on the North Island has a great selection of bars, where there’s sure to be some festivities for December 31. At midnight, you can also look forward to a fireworks display, and where better to watch it than from the sandy, Paihia beach? Of all the places to go for New Year’s Eve in New Zealand, the Bay of Islands really offers something unique.

A view over the Bay of Islands

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