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Alex Behan expected carnage when he went to Northern Bass 17/18 to see Salmonella Dub. He left impressed, inspired and even freshly showered.
As New Zealanders sleep off their New Year celebrations, much of the rest of the world is still counting down to 2018, with global leaders revealing their goals for the next 12 months.
People around the country rang in the New Year with fireworks displays, family-friendly community events and plenty of live music.
There will be no charges - or any further action - after a Dunedin man was blinded in one eye by a stray firework on New Year's Eve.
Police will be out in force at Gisborne's Rhythm and Vines and other big events overnight.
Heavy rain and strong wind could dampen New Year's Eve celebrations on the West Coast and around Wellington.
Up to 15,000 partygoers will flock to Queenstown's waterfront for New Year's Eve, while Wanaka expects up to 7000.
As people across the country set up tents and lather themselves in sunblock, RNZ takes a look at some of the hottest spots to see in the New Year.
Tens of thousands of people were in Queenstown to celebrate the New Year. Audio
It looks like it could be a wet New Years Eve in many parts of the country, including in Queenstown. Audio