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The extravaganza – which took months to arrange – lasted five minutes and 20 seconds and was soaked up by tens of thousands of onlookers at vantage points across the central city and in high-lying suburban areas.

Cities in Samoa, Tonga and Kiribati were the first to welcome the new year. Mastercard number and cvv Across the Tasman flaming starbursts and raining firecrackers filled the sky above Sydney Harbour for a 9pm display (local time) – the first round of the biggest New Year’s Eve fireworks display the city has seen.

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“Generally people are just out to have a good time so hopefully it’ll be the same again.

Mastercard gift card singapore But we’ve got plenty of security on in case.” Fireworks light the sky around Auckland’s Skytower to see in the 2017 New Year. Can you use mastercard gift card on amazon Photo / Peter Meecham

The acrobat was setting up her archery show – “I shoot a bow and arrow with my feet” – next to the Wynyard Quarter bridge. Mastercard commercial priceless Patrick Fell and his daughter Florence, 10, from Auckland get a early New Year’s Eve hug on Auckland’s waterfront. Check my mastercard Photo / Peter Meecham

He’d learned from previous New Year’s Eves that it was always a good idea to lower one’s expectations. Mastercard gift card zip code Revellers enjoy New Year’s Eve at the Northern Bass festival in Northland. Usa mastercard Photo / Jamie Lees

“Overall New Year’s is a bit overblown. Mastercard shop You tend to go into it with high expectations and they’re usually disappointed. Mastercard debit nedir So we’re trying to have a moderate point of view and whatever’s good’s good.”

More than 500kg of explosives will be ignited during the spectacular show. Mastercard com In the two hours before midnight a Kiwi-themed laser animation is being beamed across the tower.

In Hamilton farmers Troy Mahon, Marc Callis and Cullum Armstrong, all 25, said they might not see in the New Year on account of having to get up at 4am to milk cows.

The trio, from Matamata, Huntly and Hamilton respectively, were at The Local Taphouse with partners and said it would be dinner and drinks and a relatively early night. Mastercard web Troy Mahon, Marc Callis, and Cullum Armstrong, all 25, enjoy dinner and a drink in Hamilton to celebrate New Years’ Eve. Check balance of prepaid mastercard Photo / Natalie Akoorie.

Two of the 21-year-olds had worked at The Bank Bar and Brasserie last New Years’ Eve and said the crowds would arrive around 11pm. Mastercard debit paypal Until then it would be busy with dinner bookings.

Soffe said her New Year’s resolution was to find some direction in her life, having studied four different careers in as many years including nursing, travel and tourism, outdoor recreation and business. Card com prepaid mastercard Emily Simpson, Emily Chambers and Michaela Soffe gear up for a busy night at The Bank Bar and Brasserie. Home mastercard Photo / Natalie Akoorie.

At Lone Star on Victoria St, Pirongia farmers Linda and Graeme Chubb had the best seat in the house at a window bar overlooking the comings and goings of the main street.

A police spokeswoman said at that stage it appeared there had been three arrests so far for drunk and disorderly behaviour and about six breaches of the liquor ban.

The spokeswoman said a large group of teenagers partying with loud music on an empty section had been spoken to by police over the liquor ban, while another group had been moved on.

One of the many mums in the crowd, Sarah Johnson, was happy to “not be having a rowdy New Year’s” as she and daughter Leila McDonald, 5, settled in for the 9.30pm fireworks display over the waterfront.

Rather than reflecting on the year that was, Johnson said her thoughts were fixed on what 2017 would bring. Mastercard securecode not working Leslie Lewis and his daughter Amelia Lewis, 1, enjoyed the New Year’s Eve GLO Party in Rotorua. Is a mastercard a credit card Photo / Ben Fraser

Brownless hoped the rest of the New Year period went without trouble for the city, which in past years had seen rioting and booze-fuelled problems.

Although no official New Year’s Eve event had been organised at the Mount, police had still set up at the hotspot a special processing centre – known to many in previous years as Alcatraz.

Brownless said that, despite there being well enough police and emergency personnel to deal with any issues, it was up to revellers to ensure the period wasn’t remembered for the wrong reasons.

One of the biggest bashes in New Zealand was the final night of the popular Rhythm and Vines festival at Waiohika Estate vineyard near Gisborne.

The festival attracted tens of thousands of music fans and partygoers who were set to be entertained by a host of leading musos, including the Jordan Luck Band. Check prepaid mastercard balance online The Ladykillers performing in Napier. Mastercard official site Photo / Paul Taylor Mikeely Jones enjoying New Year’s Eve celebrations in Napier. Mastercard prepaid balance check Photo / Paul Taylor

Wellington Tour buddies Katya Samonova (left), Heather Seal and Andrew Hertzog relax by Frank Kitts Lagoon on Wellington’s waterfront. Mastercard gift card number Photo / Melissa Nightingale

In Wellington, festivities include a family friendly event at Whairepo Lagoon and at Frank Kitts Park on the Wellington waterfront featuring a fireworks display.

Her resolution was simple: “Stay healthy, stay kind, stay travelly.” Koppany Visnyei, left, and Avery Carroll were enjoying a drink outside a pub on Wellington’s waterfront. Mastercard balance number Photo / Melissa Nightingale

The tourists from Los Angeles were enjoying a drink down outside a pub on Wellington’s waterfront and said they would “see where the night takes us and see what Wellington has to offer”.

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Visnyei, originally from Hungary, still thought the year was “great” but said it was hard to be hopeful for next year with what was happening politically in the US.

“[It’s] not necessarily history repeating itself . . . Mastercard debit ulkomailla the pendulum is spinning back towards nationalism and conservatism and that is scaring me.”

Christchurch Hagley Park hosted the opening of the ICC Cricket World Cup last year, and will be the centre of attention again tonight. What banks use mastercard Photo / Brett Phibbs

Dunedin City Council community events co-ordinator Marilyn Anderson estimated 20,000 turned up to take in the festivities last year and had her fingers crossed for a similarly-sized crowd tonight.

The Robbie Burns cannon was to mark the end of 2016 followed by a fireworks display from the Civic Centre roof and a rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

Matamata’s Christine Edde just made it to Dunedin this afternoon during a South Island road trip and was armed with a coffee to see her through to midnight.

Weather across the country is forecast to be fine tonight, with Gisborne expected to be the warmest with temperatures hitting 27C earlier today.