Wellington’s big band, big bang New Year’s Eve

29 December 2015

Following the success of last year’s award-winning New Year’s Eve celebration, Wellington is set to welcome 2016 with a bang.

New Year at Whairepo Lagoon.

New Year celebrations at Whairepo Lagoon


The Big Band New Year’s Eve at the Frank Kitts Whairepo Lagoon is supported by Wellington City Council and features a range of entertainers including long-time local favourites the Rodger Fox Big Band.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, who will be attending the event, is expecting a large crowd to celebrate the New Year.

“We will have great music, amazing fireworks, and a family-friendly night that is a lot of fun and well-controlled – it is a night to welcome in the New Year.

"Bring along a friend or neighbour who might be feeling a bit lonely,” she says, Wellington's free events are for everyone."

The Big Band New Year’s Eve begins at 8pm, when the popular waterfront site will come alive with newly commissioned illuminations. A special mini-countdown will take place at 9pm for little ones who need to get home to bed.

Rodger Fox and his accomplished musicians will take to the stage at 10pm to get the party pumping with a full range of crowd pleasers – playing everything from Sinatra standards to today’s chart toppers.

The evening will culminate with a spectacular midnight fireworks finale.

In a new innovation designed to highlight a different aspect of Wellington’s beauty, the pyrotechnics display will not come from a barge on the harbour, but from the city itself, high on a CBD rooftop.

 “It’s going to be a great night with a first for the city as we launch the fireworks off a tower block in town, says event organiser Jamie Wilson of Chameleon Event Management “Once again, as the media reported last year, Wellington is doing it in style.”

“There’ll be a range of food trucks on site offering everything from gourmet burgers, to Indonesian, Thai, Malaysian, and Indian as well as kid-pleasers like hot dogs, chips, donuts and slushies, says Jamie “so we’re encouraging people to come along to the lagoon and really make a night of it”.