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Skycity: Nation’s Largest Party This New Year’s

Skycity Auckland Celebrates Nation’s Largest Party This New Year’s Eve

Join what is likely to be the nation’s largest celebration this New Year’s Eve at SKYCITY Auckland which will be transformed into “The Enchanted City,” where live entertainment, magical characters, and spectacular lighting and theming across the complex, will create a truly out-of-this world experience.

At the stroke of midnight, people all over Auckland will be treated to a spectacular display as fireworks light up the night sky for five minutes off the tip of Sky Tower. The fireworks will culminate in eight huge blasts at the end – a symbol of luck and prosperity to welcome in the New Year.

Once again, there is no entrance fee for people celebrating New Year’s Eve at SKYCITY.

Inside SKYCITY’s 18 bars, restaurants, gaming areas and the Sky Tower, an estimated 40,000 revellers will experience non-stop entertainment in SKYCITY’s audio-visual ‘Enchanted City’ wonderland.

The entertainment gets underway from 8pm on 31 December. Guests will be greeted as they arrive into the ice cave (SKYCITY’s main entrance) by an array of costumed performers (many costumes are from the World of Wearable Arts) such as a mermaid, within the giant waterfall. An “ice king” will play a haunting welcome melody on his soprano saxophone as snow-flakes drift down from the high cave-top ceiling. Roving around the main entrance will be unusual hybrid creatures known as “kennelpigs” and a “cantilerper.” Throughout the complex will be a range of colourful roving characters including gargoyles and stilt walkers through to well known characters such as the Queen of Hearts and the hunchback of Notre Dame.

A top line up of Djs, live bands and roving entertainers throughout SKYCITY’s gaming areas and bars will ensure there’s something for everyone throughout the night and well into the next day (through till 5am 1 January 2006). Live performances include The Nairobi Trio (popular jazz trio), Superhighway (one of New Zealand’s top stage bands), Vaimatu String Band (Pacific music at it’s best) and many more – offering the full complement of live performance and music from jazz, rock and groove through to soul, pop and dance.

The latest dance beats will be offered by two of Auckland’s finest DJs - Grant Marshall and General Lee in Bar3.

Diners in many of SKYCITY’s restaurants will also be treated to a variety of New Year’s Eve entertainment as well as special menus for the occasion.

Federal Street will once again be closed from 7pm on Friday 31 December until 1am to assist with traffic flow through the central city.

SKYCITY will offer New Year’s Eve guests a special car parking rate of $20 for the night to cover parking from 6pm on 31 December through to 6am on 1 January 2007. Customers can prepay for their parking on arrival if they wish.

Please note:

SKYCITY’s gaming areas and bars are all R20 for New Year’s Eve from 7pm on 31 December and staff will be checking ID.

Children may dine in restaurants if accompanied by adults but advance bookings are recommended for family seatings.

Entrance to SKYCITY from 7pm will be via the main entrance only.

SKYCITY Christmas hours of operation are:

All gaming areas will be closed from before midnight on 24th December opening at 12:30am on Boxing Day.

Bar3 is closed on Christmas Day.

Bookings are recommended for all SKYCITY restaurants on Christmas Day with special Christmas themed menus.


SKYCITY Auckland provides free live entertainment nearly every day of the year. New Year’s Eve will provide a host of top entertainment throughout the property to cater for everyone.

There will be a mixture of live bands, DJs and roving entertainers in the gaming area and bars. Details of the entertainment are as follows:

Main stage – Main Gaming Floor
Time Band name Details
8.00pm – 11.00pm Vaimutu String Band Pacific Island music at it’s best
11.15pm – 2.15am Taisha Urshula and Leon Three of NZ’s best entertainers (Dance)

New City Bar
Time Band name Details
8.15pm – 11.15pm Trinity Fabulous vocal trio (Soul & Pop)
11.30pm – 2.15am Superhighway One of NZ’s top stage bands
2.15am – 5am Party Time DJ Live DJ

Atrium Bar
Time Band name Details
7.30pm – 10.30am Room2Groove Groove
10.45pm – 1.45am Freeway Idol backing band

Time Band name Details
8.30pm – 12.30am Double Take One of SKYCITY’s favourite trios are back by popular demand.

Time Band name Details
8:00pm – 12.15am The Nairobi Trio/ Vox Nova and Denis Hepi’s Hep Cats These three groups will revolve between both outlets strolling between the tables over the course of the evening.

Bar 3
Time DJ name Details
8.00pm – 5.00 am General Lee and Grant Marshall Two of Auckland’s finest DJs

Platinum Room
Time Entertainer Details
6.30pm–9.30pm Sadian Virtuoso Jazz Guitar duo
9.30pm – 12.30am Funky Hot Mamas

Pacific Room
Time Entertainer Details
9.00pm–1.00am Truda Chadwick Jazz, Rock etc

Roving Entertainers



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