Pacific Ocean nation New Zealand was the first country to ring in New Year 2017 on Saturday at 4:30PM (IST).
Country’s capital Auckland became the first city in the world to burst into celebrations to welcome the New Year.
Fireworks erupted from the 328m (1,080ft) tall Sky Tower in the city centre.
Polynesia and Pacific islands including Samoa, Tonga and Kiribati entered 2017 at 3:30 PM.
Australia: Sydney welcomes New Year 2017 with spectacular fireworks pic.twitter.com/L2nPtM862R— ANI (@ANI_news) December 31, 2016