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Revellers gather early for New Year's Eve celebrations

Thousands of revellers gathered at first light along Sydney's

harbour foreshore ahead of the city's New Year's Eve fireworks, while countries across the Asia Pacific region are planning some very different celebrations for the start of 2017. The most sought-after vistas from peninsulas around Sydney's iconic Opera House are now ticketed, and hundreds slept out in queues overnight to get the best spots when gates opened on Saturday morning. In other areas around the harbour, people started setting up tents on Friday, before dawn. Around one and a half million people are expected to pack the Australian city's harbour area to see 7m Australian dollars ($5m) worth of fireworks go up in smoke at midnight (13:00 GMT on Saturday). Organisers are promising the biggest show ever with more than 100,000 fireworks being set off. In New Zealand, one of the first countries to bring in the New Year, Max Key, the son of the former Prime Minister John Key will DJ as five minutes of fireworks go up from Auckland's Sky Tower.