New Years Eve in Queenstown

What to do on New Years Eve

It's nearly NYE 2016! If you're planning on celebrating in Queenstown, New Zealand, here are my top picks for where to go and what to do.

Living well over the holidays can be tricky, so my best advice is just....relax and enjoy yourself! So many of us are stuck in cycles of anxiety and busyness, so escape the stress by letting go and indulging in some fun over New Years.

1. Free Stuff for Families

Queenstown puts on a good show for families and kids on New Years Eve. Live entertainment, bands, fireworks and tasty food trucks on the waterfront make this the perfect, low-key way for you to ring in the new year. Plus! If you're keen on having an early champagne toast, you can drink anywhere in the CBD until 10pm.

Handy Hint: After the countdown, if you have kids you may want to head back to your accommodation. It can get pretty rowdy in Queenstown (like any city) as the night draws on.

2. New Zealand dining

Plenty of award-winning restaurants in Queenstown are open on New Years Eve and have menus to match. Sample local wines with your meal at Eichardt's private hotel on the waterfront for a hint of luxury.

3. Rhythm & Alps FESTIVAL 2015/16

Get your festival fix with this Kiwi music event set deep in Cardrona Valley, between Wanaka and Queenstown. This year, check out Kiwi favourites Katchafire, Shihad and famous Aussie band Sticky Fingers among other great acts like Chali 2na as you camp in the Southern Alps.

4. Glenorchy Races

Horse races are such a fun day out, so head to one of the world's most breathtakingly scenic towns on January 2nd for the Glenorchy Races. Surrounded by stunning mountains and rolling farmland, this is a fun day out with family and friends.

5. new year, new you

Looking forward to 2016, I hope you all have a happy, healthy year, and achieve everything you want. If you need extra motivation to live better, why not try a new year wellness retreat full of inspiring nutrition workshops, yoga, goal setting and luxury relaxation? Book your spot here.

Whatever you decide, take the pressure off yourself this year and do what YOU want to do for New Years Eve. Wherever you are, especially if you're in a stunningly scenic town like Queenstown, NYE is the perfect opportunity to remember all the things you're grateful for.

Happy New Year everyone!

-Caitlin xo