Queenstown welcomes in 2012 with a bang


Thousands of well-behaved revellers flocked to party in Queenstown for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Crowds packed out the CBD and waterfront last night (Saturday) to watch one of the most impressive fireworks displays the resort’s ever seen.

The eight-minute-long, sychronised show wowed onlookers as it was launched from two barges in Queenstown Bay.

Earlier in the day holidaymakers lined the beaches to soak up the sun before enjoying the live music on Marine Parade in the evening.

Punters who’d been at the Events Centre watching the HRV Twenty/20 cricket made their way into town to join the party.

Otago Volts beat Wellington Firebirds by seven wickets. Otago’s English import Dimitri Mascarenhas starred with both bat and ball – he took one wicket for 21 runs off four overs and hit 41 runs off 25 balls. Black Caps star batsman Brendon McCullum smashed four sixes in his score of 36 for his Otago team.

Police have reported a relatively quiet night with only arrests for disorderly behaviour and detox.

The local volunteer fire service was kept busy enough with four call-outs, including one at Steamer Wharf at about 10pm.

Hundreds of people dining and drinking at restaurants at the complex were forced to abandon their tables, meals and drinks for at least 30 minutes while fire fighters checked the premises. They were able to return after it was deemed a false alarm.

Meanwhile, thousands more punters attending the inaugural EarthTonz music festival at Gibbston Valley Winery will be packing up their campsites today after the three-day dance, hip-hop and techno concert.