A car crash death in the early hours this morning near Tauranga has been a bad start to a new year on the roads.
It follows a horror final toll for 2017.
Two fatalities in Tasman and Whangarei last night brought the number of deaths for the year to 380, the highest since 2009 when 384 were killed.
Auckland, with 64 deaths and Waikato, 62, had the highest regional tolls, followed by Canterbury with 55, while there were five deaths in Taranaki.
Crowds have gathered to welcome the New Year at the Rhythm and Alps festival in Wanaka.
The sold-out festival has attracted 10,000 people to a farm in the Cardrona Valley.
Festival director Alex Turnball said the event is "fantastic" for Central Otago.
"The crowds have been ecstatic, everyone is really happy," he told 1 NEWS.
The festival is currently in it's sixth year.
"We are very lucky to hold such a landmark event here," Mr Turnbull said.
There are 53 musical acts across the two-day event, which started on Saturday.
Mr Turnball said there have not been any incidents so far, and "long may that continue".