New Zealand: A Great Place to See the First Sunrise of 2017

For those who want to experience being one of the first in the world to enter the new year, the country of Oceania is the right destination. Known for its cinematic landscapes, New Zealand is an excellent choice for renewing energy in the midst of nature, fine dining and famous New Zealand wines. Here are seven places to watch the sun rise in one of the first countries to arrive in 2017.

1 - Wainui Beach - Gisborne - North Island

Gisborne is one of New Zealand's first stops to watch the sun rise over the horizon. More specifically, Wainui Beach is a great vantage point for feeling the first rays of 2017.

2 - Pinnacles - Coromandel - North Island

You'll need to get up early to get to the summit of the Pinnacles Trail to admire the dawn of Coromandel. There is also the option of spending New Year's Eve upstairs staying in a Conservation Department cabin. Either way, it will be worth it.

3 - Tapeka Point - Russell, Northland - North Island

Once the capital of New Zealand, Russell is a city full of history. After seeing the first lights illuminating Tapeka Point, take in the view from Paihia to Waitangi.

4 - Saint Clair Beach - Dunedin - South Island

Find a perfect oceanfront spot on Dunedin's Saint Clair Beach, enjoy the New Year for incredible surfing experiences on that first day - fine if it's not surfing, just the scenery will be worth it.

5 - Oban - Stewart Island

Oban is the largest settlement on Stewart Island and has a population of nearly four hundred people. On New Year's Eve, locals close Main Street and put a live band on the South Sea Hotel's deck and a bonfire on the beach. After a night of celebration with the locals, relax on the tranquility of Halfmoon Bay Beach, one of New Zealand's southernmost spots.

6 - Mount Maunganui - Bay of Plenty - North Island

Maybe hiking at dawn on top of Mount Maunganui is the perfect way to start 2017 in style. No wonder this place is one of New Zealand's most popular spots on Instagram - and all the merit of that is probably from the Sun.

7 - New Brighton Pier - Christchurch

Spending New Year's Eve in New Zealand's second largest city is always fun and packed with local events, including a Hagley Park New Year's Eve celebration featuring live performances and fireworks - the perfect choice for family travelers. . If you like to get up early, head to New Brighton Beach on the first morning of 2017.

* Article produced by Tourism New Zealand.