You could be one of the first people in the world to see the sunrise in 2017 by visiting one of these kiwi destinations.
If you're not afraid of an early morning hike by torchlight, then set off to reach the summit of the Pinnacles for sunrise. Alternatively you could spend New Year’s Eve up there and stay in a Department of Conservation hut. No matter how you do it, it will be worth it.
Oban is the only settlement on Stewart Island with a population of almost 400 people. On New Year’s Eve the locals block off the main street to enjoy a live band on the deck of the South Sea Hotel and a bonfire on the beach. After a night of partying with the locals, relax on the quiet beach of Halfmoon Bay and watch the sun come up over one of New Zealand’s most southern points.
New Year’s Eve in the South Island’s largest city is always a great time. Early risers should head to New Brighton Beach to catch a magnificent glimpse of the sunrise on the first morning of 2017.