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1. Posted by Jogilroy (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


I am travelling around the world with my boyfriend and we're gonna be in New Zealand for Christmas & New Year. Can anyone suggest where we could spend Christmas Eve and Christmas day? We would like somewhere that isnt too quiet and where there is a bit of atmosphere to take our minds off missing our families at the Christmas period.

We are currently looking at Lake Tekapo which looks so beautiful.. any thoughts?

Thanks for your help!

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3913 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I didn't go to Lake Tekapo, but I would suggest Queenstown if you want somewhere that is quite lively. It's quite expensive and touristy but it's beautiful.

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!


I spent Christmas in Auckland and the New Year in Queenstown and the NY was infinitely better. Much more atmosphere in Queenstown. The only thing is that it is a bit packed because it's the summer holidays for the Kiwis who are all on a 2-3 break from work, schools are out, etc. So they all flock to places like Queenstown.

I headed up to Lake Tekapo and it was just so beautiful and peaceful up there that I'd wished I'd spent New Years there instead.

Christmas is a bit of a non-event down in New Zealand I found. It's nothing like at home, which can be both good and bad. In the lead up to the holidays you dont get the same barrage of Christmas ads, frenzied shoppers and traffic jams at the shopping centres. At the same time, I did miss a bit the festive atmosphere of Christmas at home.

Still, it's a very different way to spend your Christmas holiday, lounging in the sun having a bbq or whatever. Enjoy.

4. Posted by rach13 (Inactive 17 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

hi everyone,
while on the topic of new years in New Zealand, i am going to be in Auckland visiting my parents over the christmas period, does anyone have any suggestions as to where a good new years party will be. i willing to give most things a go. would be great to get some ideas about what i can do...

thanks guys
rach :)

5. Posted by lucy16 (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi there well i am from new zealand so i feel its my obligation to give you guys a bit of the inside word as they say...!
to the person who is gonna be in auckland visiitng the olds i would say you have a few choices. first the Viaduct basin where the Americas cup was held in 2000 is always a lively and beautiful place to go out in and party. theres plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs right by the water and its definitely one of the trendiest places to go in auckland although there are others of course. another idea is that you might want go up north a bit to the beaches which is REALLY popular for new years parties as is the beaches in Whangamata which is south east of auckland. ive never been up north for new yeras but i have been to whangamata and its a really really cool place at any time of the year but espceically in the christmas-new year period its even better!!!

for those others who are wondering where to spend christmas and new years... the places i wrote about above are of course great and not so far from auckland. other places i would suggest is queenstown as someone said but also christchurch and wanaka are extremely popular and beautiful places to go to in the south island. in the north i have been to Lake Taupo for new years (its right in the middle of the north island) and the lake is absolutely stunning with the mountains in sight on a fine day! its a very touristy area here with lots of neat cafes, bars, restaurants by the lake and the night life is great! they have great attractions nearby so as the jet boats, bungy jumping and plenty more so you will never get bored in this place.

my last suggestion would be my hometown Mount Maunganui. in the summer it is really 'the place to be' for those who love the beach and good weather!!!it is one of the most poular destinations at this time of the year! The main town in this area is Tauranga and its 10 min away and the most popular place to be in the evening\ night as the have what they call The Strand which is a big long stretch by the harbour full of bars,restaurants, clubs with terraces so its wonderful to eat outside and relax with the great vibe of music around you!!!

i hope ive helped a bit!? feel free to ask any other questions.. im happy to help as i love my country and i want everyone else to also!!

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