TWEED Tourism’s Phil Villiers and daughters Carly, Tayla and friend Georgia Campbell, centre, can’t wait to party.
TWEED Tourism’s Phil Villiers and daughters Carly, Tayla and friend Georgia Campbell, centre, can’t wait to party.

The place to be for NYE

TWEED Heads and Coolangatta are up with Niagara Falls and New York as the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve, according to a New Zealand travel agency.

House of Travel lists the twin towns number five on their list of New Year hot spots, sitting behind internationally known destinations including Las Vegas.

The hour time difference between Coolangatta and Tweed Heads creates the ultimate party zone according to House of Travel, giving everyone the ability to ring in the New Year twice.

Tweed Tourism GM Phil Villiers said it is the one time of the year daylight saving works in everyone’s favour.

“Normally the time difference is a pain in the neck, but it works to our advantage on New Year’s Eve,” Mr Villiers said. “After the fireworks in Tweed Heads that they can cross the border and check out the fireworks around Coolangatta. It’s funny, they all cross the border together.”

Mr Villiers said it is great to see Tweed Heads being recognised on an international scale for its New Year festivities.

“It’s a major attraction for everyone from families to the elderly. There is something for everyone,” he said.

House of Travel retail director Brent Thomas said despite it being the biggest party of the year, Kiwis never really make a big fuss over New Years.

“Our cities empty out as we tend to spend New Year’s Eve at a beach or campground, watching local bands rock the provinces or just relaxing at home,” Mr Thomas said.

“While our choice for New Year’s Eve suggests that we prefer a quieter, more low key experience, there are plenty of options for those wanting to do something different and make a real night of it.”

Top NYE spots

1. Ko Pha Nang: More than 50,000 people visit the Full Moon Party for the biggest countdown beach party.

2. Niagara Falls: The world wonder attracts more than 30,000 people to watch an amazing fireworks display each year.

3. New York: Time Square attracts more than 1 million people just to see the dropping of the ball.

4. Las Vegas: With parties every night, but whether it’s down the strip or in the casinos, everywhere makes a special effort for New Years.

5. Tweed Heads/Coolangatta: Take advantage of differences in daylight saving on the East Coast of Australia and have two New Year’s Eve countdowns by crossing the New South Wales/Queensland border.

Source: House of Travel



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