Officially the first city in New Zealand to see the sun, Gisborne and Mount Hikurangi(opens in new window) is recognised as the first point on the New Zealand mainland to greet the morning sun. Watch the sun rise before anyone else in New Zealand.
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.
A pre-dawn hike to the top of Mount Maunganui might be just the way to start the year off with a bang. There is a reason this place is one of the most Instagrammed in New Zealand and the sunrise is probably it.