New Years Eve in Christchurch, NZ
We will be arriving in Christchurch from Australia on Dec 30 and were wondering if there is any must do New Years Eve dinner/celebration. We are staying downtown and would love a good foodie/fun experience. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
There is no real big new years eve bash in christchurch, as yes it is more of a subdued city. It has a nightlife and lots of bars have events on new years eve. Often though you need to buy a ticket or pay a door charge - which is kind of expected on a night like that. The Dux de Lux will have a few live bands, they often charge a $30 or so cover charge for new years. It will be super busy though. Expect most bars to be super busy that night - Sol Square is a great place for a variety of different bars, but gets very busy and hard to walk around and can be a 30 minute line to get into the popular bars (whereas usually in Chch there is a 5 minute line tops).
I know we do not normally encourage offsite links, but there is a thread at dineout dedicated to restaurants etc that are open over the christmas period.
Christchurch is a reasonably subdued town, and I don't think that there are big dos for New Year (though I may be wrong)
My tip would be to go to the Dux de Lux, a pub near the University - fantastic beers, quite good food (well for a pub) and I'm sure they will have bands on for NYE. It will be busy though!