It's shaping up to be a great New Year's Eve at popular
summer music festivals, with the weather forecast to be fine
for most, with only the odd shower at Gisborne's Rhythm and
MetService has forecast mostly fine weather for the Mount
Vibes festival in Mt Maunganui, Rhythm and Alps near Wanaka,
the Britomart Beach Party in Auckland and Decks on the Beach
on Waiheke Island.
However, there could be some isolated afternoon showers at
Rhythm and Vines near Gisborne, as well as a few showers at
the La De Da festival in Martinborough.
The mostly fine weather comes after a final push of rain over
the North Island this weekend.
MetService meteorologist John Law said a low pressure system
would bring a warm, moist northerly flow over the top of the
But by New Year's Eve, the weather was looking more settled,
with a brief ridge of high pressure pushing across the north
and east of the North Island, and showers clearing in the
Mr Law said heading up north would be the best bet for good
New Year's Eve weather.
"With that ridge building over for the north, you've got some
nice spells of some drier weather up there."
New Year's Eve revellers are spoilt for choice this year,
with a number of major festivals and other events throughout
the North Island.
For those staying in Auckland, the Britomart Beach Party
involves an artificial beach with four tonnes of sand, 10
venues and multiple stages.
Across on Waiheke Island, the Decks on the Beach party will
feature local DJs and two outdoor areas with views over the
The ever-popular Rhythm and Vines festival in Gisborne is
expected to draw big crowds with New Zealand drum and bass
group Shapeshifter and British group Rudimental, both of
which will also play the spin-off Rhythm and Alps festival
Mount Vibes in Mt Maunganui will feature summer festival
favourites the Black Seeds, while the La De Da festival in
scenic rural Martinborough is being headlined by US rapper
A$AP Rocky and Australian electronic artist Flume.
La De Da was also due to host popular New Zealand
roots-reggae acts Katchafire and Kora, but they pulled out of
the festival and will now play their own show at New
Plymouth's Butlers Reef on New Year's Eve.
NEW YEAR'S EVE FESTIVAL WEATHER
- Auckland (Britomart Beach Party, Britomart, and Decks on
the Beach, Waiheke Island): Westerlies and occasional showers
on Monday, but New Year's Eve should have fine spells and a
high of 24C. It should stay fine for New Year's Day, but a
chance of isolated showers.
- Mt Maunganui (Mount Vibes, ASB Baypark Stadium): Occasional
showers on Monday, followed by a "pretty decent end" to the
year on Tuesday, with the weather becoming fine and a high of
25C. A similarly nice day on New Year's Day, but isolated
showers are not out of the question.
- Gisborne (Rhythm and Vines, Waiohika Estate): The weekend
rain should clear by Monday with just a few showers. For New
Year's Eve there will be fine spells, a high of 27C, and
isolated afternoon showers, hopefully clearing in time for
midnight celebrations. It should stay mostly fine for New
- Martinborough (La De Da, Daisybank Farm): Occasional
showers on Monday, and a few showers on New Year's Eve with a
high of about 23C. It will be fine by New Year's Day with a
- Wanaka (Rhythm and Alps, Cardrona Valley): Monday will get
occasional rain and southerlies, becoming fine on New Year's
Eve with northerlies and a high of 21C. It should stay fine
on New Year's Day with just some areas of cloud to watch out
HOLIDAY SPOT WEATHER
- Paihia, Bay of Islands: Weekend rain easing to occasional
showers by Monday. On New Year's Eve and the following day,
the odd chance of a shower but mostly fine.
- Whitianga, Coromandel: Occasional showers on Monday,
clearing by New Year's Eve with fine spells and a chance of
- Queenstown: A bit of cloud on New Year's Eve and a
northerly breeze, but dry and mostly fine. It should stay
fine on New Year's Day.
- Nelson: The weekend rain might linger on Monday, but
showers should clear on New Year's Eve, with a fine
afternoon. A chance of isolated showers on New Year's Day.