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After New Zealand, people welcomed the new year in Australia as well.

Over 5 minutes of fireworks from the Sky Tower welcome in the new year during New Year's Eve celebrations, January 1, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.

In Auckland, New Zealand, tens of thousands of people gathered to watch a fireworks display on the iconic SkyTower, the city's most well-known landmark.

"It's particularly special this year, the Sky Tower's 20th birthday year", he said.

An hour later, celebrations kicked off in New Zealand with a glamorous firework display.

New Year Celebrations were marred in Australia with an unfortunate accident after a seaplane crashed into a river on Sunday.

Elsewhere in Asia, a light show and firework display ushered in the New Year in South Korea's capital Seoul.

Millions of people are expected to gather in Berlin, London, Rio de Janeiro and NY to celebrate the arrival of 2018.

Six people on a "wine and dine" sightseeing flight ahead of the city's New Year's Eve celebrations at the harbour were killed including the pilot of the seaplane.