Staying in Auckland this New Year’s? Secure your spot at these unmissable events and see out the year in style

What a year 2020 has been. We’re surely on the same page when it comes to seeing out this dumpster fire of an end of the decade, where we can hopefully leave words like ‘unprecedented’ in the past. However, let’s not forget, we also have a lot to celebrate. We’re incredibly lucky to inhabit our strong, scrappy little island at the bottom of the world, where life has been mostly business as usual for the last few months and a summer of relative freedom sparkles so close we can almost touch it. While many of us will be scattering far and wide across the country, those staying in Auckland have a plethora of events to choose from for ringing in a very welcome new year, where you can sip celebratory champagne and sing Auld Lang Syne until the last of the confetti descends.

The Poni Room
This pumping Commercial Bay eatery is sure to have the vibes turned up for its New Year’s Eve party. The Reign of Ryūjin is an immersive dinner and show, with head chef Fred Wong taking diners through an edible underwater tribute to Ryūjin (the mythical God of the Sea) featuring seafood aplenty and scrumptious side dishes. There are two sessions available to book, and The Poni Room will be welcoming revellers from 10:30pm to dance under sparkling disco balls while DJs, champagne and cocktails provide the perfect accompaniments to welcome in the new year.
Find more details and tickets here.

The team at Culprit has put together New Year’s Eve menu that’s guaranteed to be exactly what you want one of your last meals of the year to be. On 29th and 30th of December, the scrumptious New Year menu features eight courses for $75 a head, plus $65 drinks match and other additions available, while on the 29th, 30th and 31st of December the New Year Epic Menu is just that — epic. Ten courses of Culprit’s favourite trolley bites from the year that was, plus optional wine matches, will have you in tip top spirits all evening long.
Find more details and book here.

Onslow’s inaugural New Year’s Eve dinner will be a plush affair indeed, with two separate ticketed sittings, Laurent-Perrier Champagne and guest DJs ringing in the new year. The early sitting, from between 5 and 6:15pm for two-and-a-half hours, features a 4-course meal and Laurent-Perrier Champagne on arrival, while the late sitting from 7:45pm includes a 5-course meal, and the aforementioned champagne both on arrival and another served as the clock strikes midnight. Enjoy Onslow’s refined yet relaxed ethos, and be in a prime position to watch the Sky Tower fireworks as 2021 arrives.
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Euro Bar and Restaurant
Sitting pretty on Auckland’s waterfront, this renowned restaurant is offering to add a touch of finesse your New Year’s celebrations. Book in for dinner on the 31st and the vibes will be at an all-time high thanks to a rotation of DJs right up until midnight, and Euro’s delicious summer menu.
Book here.

No matter how your night ends, you can start it off on the right foot with a delicious meal from Andiamo. Offering a set menu from 5pm for $95 per person, diners can expect a generous smattering of courses, from aperitivo (including G.H.Mumm Rose) to primi, secondi, sides and dessert, with a vegetarian option also available.
Book here.

The Sugar Club
Take your New Year’s Eve celebrations to new heights at The Sugar Club, where, for $235, you can experience a specially-curated tasting menu, comprising mouth-watering dishes like the freshest of fish and Hawke’s Bay lamb. A glass of bubbles, of course, will be there to meet you on arrival.
Book here.

Soul Bar and Bistro
If it’s a glamorous atmosphere and rousing beats that you’re after for the final hurrah of the year, look no further than Soul Bar & Bistro. This Viaduct Harbour stalwart is offering two-hour dining slots from 4pm (and they’re filling up very quickly) with a full DJ line-up taking punters from the tables to the bar, then the dance floor with ease. Either pop in for a drink (who knows when they’ll be closing their doors?) or book in for dinner by clicking here.

Saxon + Parole and Liquorette
These two Commercial Bay venues are ramping up for the big countdown with The Year That Was party. Get tickets and you’ll be able to dance the night away to DJs and live music, enjoy delicious bites from food stations and imbibe on flowing champagne and cocktails as you roam between Saxon + Parole and Liquorette, plus a decadent champagne lounge. 
Find details and tickets here.

The Oyster Inn
Should you want to spend the last day of 2020 on an (even smaller) island, or if you’re a local, Waiheke Island institution The Oyster Inn has you covered for what is sure to be a fun and fabulous evening. With two sittings available to be booked — the earlier from 5pm and the later from 7:45pm — a three or four course set menu, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, DJs and a dance floor, spending our last hours of the year overlooking the bay sounds pretty good to us.
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Take in some of the best waterfront views in town from on high at Ostro this new year’s. The restaurant has a set menu on offer for $120 per person, which includes a flute of Veuve Clicquot on arrival. Expect the likes of a crayfish toasty, choice of ceviche, mozzarella, carpaccio or octopus for entree and beef scotch, snapper, spinach and mushroom pasta or lamb cutlets for main — plus dessert. A delicious way to see out 2020.
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Contemporary Korean restaurant Gochu has gotchu covered when it comes to dining in style on New Year’s Eve. Pull up a seat at the Commercial Bay eatery and feast on an $85-a-head set menu, with the option to add a drinks match for $65. A ‘bite’ of salmon roe and duck liver parfait sandwich is to start, followed by the likes of grilled scampi with gannjang and chives; 21 day dry aged beef prime rib, delectable vegetable sides and a cherry custard choux to finish. The Gochu team will be stocked up on magnums and champagne, and will have drink specials running all day and night.
Find more details and book here.


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