Top 3 family-friendly New Year's Eve celebrations in New Zealand

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There are two great things about being on locum tenens assignment in New Zealand right now. One: it's summer down there. Two: New Zealand is one of the first countries in the world to enter the new year. So you can soak up the sun on the beach during the day then head to a New Year's Eve celebration at night. On top of that you can be one of the first in the world to experience 2017.

To be honest there are 3 more great things you should know about if you're currently in the Land of the Long White Cloud. Here are the top 3 New Year's Eve celebrations to ring in the new year.

Auckland - New Year's Eve Celebration

If you weren't already aware Auckland is home to the over-1,000-feet-tall Sky Tower. It's magnificent by itself but when they launch off a barrage of finely orchestrated fireworks around it you'll see it serves as a spectacular beacon of the city, too. Stay and watch the fireworks or venture out into the city more and be encompassed by festivities on almost every corner.

Queenstown - New Year's Eve Celebration

Not only is Queenstown the "adventure capital of the world" it also hosts one heckuva New Year's Eve celebration. Head to the Queenstown Lakefront on December 31st for live music, delicious eats and one of New Zealand's best fireworks displays.

Wellington - New Year's Eve Celebration

You can't go wrong spending New Year's Eve in New Zealand's capital city. Be entertained by the Wellington Shake-Em-On-Downers: the country's famed New Orleans swing group. Afterward Rodger Fox Big Band will serenade you with top 80s hits. No worries for your little ones. There are fireworks galore plus for those kids who get tuckered out long before midnight there's an NYE countdown at 9pm.

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