Bring on 2021: Kiwis ring in the new year with celebrations across the country

New Zealanders are saying good riddance to 2020, welcoming the new year with celebrations across the country.

Auckland’s night sky was filled with colour as a five-minute fireworks display and light show lit up the city to mark New Year’s Day.

The Harbour Bridge lit up as well to celebrate the start of 2021.


The Sky Tower had five minutes of fireworks to mark the beginning of 2021.

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The Auckland Harbour Bridge lit up the night sky with a light show.

Wellington welcomed 2021 with live music, kai and midnight fireworks, and The Black Seeds helped Christchurch ring in the new year in style, headlining a concert at North Hagley Park which culminated in a fireworks display.

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Dunedin, Queenstown, Gisborne, Wānaka and other centres are having their own celebrations to mark the occasion too, with countless Kiwis across the country taking part.

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The Jordan Luck Band dazzles the crowd at the America’s Cup Village on Te Wero Island in Auckland.

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Kiwis get their groove on in Auckland as they say good riddance to 2020.

The festivities are notable in that they’re much the same as always, at a time when much of the world is facing harsh restrictions on gathering due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On top of the fun start to 2021, Kiwis have a lot to look forward to this year, including travel bubbles, coronavirus vaccines and more.

Have you got a New Year’s resolution you’d like to share with the rest of Aotearoa (and make it harder to back out of)? We’d love to hear it! Let us know your name and resolution at

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New Zealanders are happy to see the back of the year 2020.

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Kiwis have managed to have a relatively normal start to 2021, despite the events of last year.

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An MIQ guest in the MSocial Hotel rings in the new year.

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New Zealanders have a lot to look forward to in 2021.

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