On the strike of midnight an awesome display of pyrotechnics can be seen in the skies above Paihia, Russell, Opua, Haruru and Waitangi – the fireworks are on a barge in the centre of the Bay and are an awesome way to celebrate the start of the New Year – either join one of the many restaurants or bars that have excellent viewing points or grab a picnic and a blanket and enjoy this fireworks spectacular from any of the beaches surrounding the inner Bay  – just remember this is a family friendly event – no alcohol to be drink in a public place in Paihia 24/7 all year round.

There is busking, a free sausage sizzle and activities for children throughout the evening leading up to the midnight display, including the “Biggest Littlest Circus”. The fireworks and circus mark the start of the Paihia Summer Events schedule which also includes days of fun free events for families to enjoy.