Rotorua GLO Festival NYE

The 2018 Rotorua GLO Festival was a family-friendly New Year’s Eve event held at Rotorua’s lakefront Village Green.


The evening line up included live music on stage from 4.30pm, a screening of the 2007 Disney Pixar computer-animated fantasy film Coco at 6pm, and then live music continuing as the sun set.

As well as the live music there were food trucks and Mahons Amusements hosted a carnival with carnival games, fairground food and rides including a Grand Carousel, Dodgem Cars, Fun Factory, Graviton, Round Up and the Pirate Ship.

A fireworks display on the lakefront concluded the night at 9.30 pm.

The decision this year to not have a midnight fireworks drew criticism from some members of the community. Despite this the Council reports 12,000 people attended the festival in its entirety and 15,000 people watched the 9.30pm fireworks.

Happy New Year!









Sydney NYE 2016

I am not normally one to make a big deal about celebrating New Years but this year I was in Sydney, Australia, so I took in the fireworks on the Sydney Harbour.


Sydney sees the New Year in 2 hours behind my home country of New Zealand.

For 2016 NYE two friends and I went on Beyond the Wharf’s New Year Eve Cruise aboard the Sydney Ferries’ historic Lady Northcott.

Lady Northcott, is the oldest Lady ferry still in service. It was launched in 1975 and is predominantly used on the Mosman and Taronga Zoo services.

The large green and yellow ferry weighs 366 tons and can travel at a speed of 13 knots.

We checked in outside the AMP Building on Alfred Street and were given yellow wristbands – a great memento for the night.



After boarding the ferry the boat cruised around the harbour, participating in the Harbour of Lights Parade and offering views for the 9pm family fireworks and midnight fireworks.

The Harbour of Lights Parade began at 9.15pm and selected vessels that were illuminated by rope lighting travelled around the harbour, from Goat Island to Cockatoo Island and back.


Cruising past the Sydney Opera House – check out the crowds!


Cruising Sydney Harbour


Harbour of Lights Parade


Harbour of Lights Parade

A cruise on the Harbour gives you amazing views as the fireworks illuminate the night sky around the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The two firework displays featured an estimated 7 tonnes of fireworks, which included 12,000 shells, 25,000 shooting comets and 100, 000 individual pyrotechnic effects.


Midnight fireworks – Sydney Harbour


Midnight fireworks – Sydney Harbour Bridge


Midnight fireworks – Sydney Opera House

This cruise option was more family friendly, as there was no alcohol or smoking onboard. It was also an opportunity to save a little bit more money and have flexibility as it was BYO picnic.

We brought early bird tickets for $350. Normally $399.

If you get the opportunity it is worth spending New Years in Sydney at least once in your lifetime. Put it on your bucket list!

Happy New Year and all the best for 2017. Make it your year!