10 MUSIC FESTIVALS IN NEW ZEALAND TO EXPERIENCE BEFORE YOU DIE

from Jones Around The World on Jul 17, 2017

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New Zealand really has carved out a name for itself as the place to be. Besides involving yourself in some heart-pumping adventures, taking in exceptional sights, and chatting with the super-friendly locals – be sure to make some time to immerse yourself in New Zealand’s music festival scene.

While there is no shortage of music festivals in New Zealand to visit while you are on the North or South Island, you will find that most events are held over the summer months (when the weather is mild and sunny). And if you are in Kiwi-land over the New Year period, the list of epic festivals at your fingertips are endless.

You may even take in the first sunrise the world sees of the new year!

Take a read through what I think are the best music festivals in New Zealand, watch some of the incredible festival after-movies, and start planning your trip to one of the most beautiful countries in the world!


1 ) RHYTHM & ALPS

Photo via  R&A Facebook

Photo via R&A Facebook

When: December 29-31 annually

Where: Cardrona Valley, near Wanaka and Queenstown

https://www.rhythmandalps.co.nz/

“Rhythm & Alps is the premier festival of the South Island, catering to 10,000 partygoers. Over 50 international and local acts will be performing across 4 stages with the best sound and lighting production in the country.”

Easily one of the best festivals in New Zealand, Rhythm and Alps is guaranteed to be one of the best way to end the year.  The location is purely stunning, the line-up is always large and diverse, and you really can’t find a better festival atmosphere.  Grab your festival squad & camping equipment, and get ready for an amazing three-day party!


2 ) HOMEGROWN

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When: April 7th, 2018

Where: Wellington Waterfront

www.homegrown.net.nz

“One of New Zealand’s longest running and popular music festivals with 7 stages and 57 Acts rocking the stages year after year.”


3 ) ST JEROME’S LANEWAY FESTIVAL

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When: January 2019 (Dates TBA)

Where: Auckland

http://auckland.lanewayfestival.com/

“St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is about leading new and revered seminal music. The festival has always been interested in finding what’s fresh and bringing it to unique settings and surrounds to be appreciated by music lovers.”

This global touring festival has popular editions in Sydney & Singapore as well, but it makes it’s way to January every year!


4 ) ELECTRIC AVENUE

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When: February (2019 Dates TBA) 

Where: Hagley Park, Christchurch

http://electricavenuefestival.co.nz/

“Two stages feature a massive international, national and local line up of acts over 12 hours. And Hagley Park is transformed with a massive light show, giant video walls, carnival rides, performers, a kids zone and heaps more crazy stuff!”


5 ) RHYTHM AND VINES

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Photo via FB Event

When: 28-31 December annually

Where: Gisborne

https://www.rhythmandvines.co.nz

“Rhythm and Vines is a 3 day international music festival held in Gisborne, New Zealand on December 29-31 each year. It is the first festival in the world to welcome in the first sunrise of the new year.”

Join the Rhythm & Vines 2018 Facebook Event


6 ) WOMAD

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Photo via Facebook

When: March 16-18, 2018

Where: New Plymouth

https://www.womad.co.nz/

“WOMAD – World of Music, Arts and Dance the internationally established festival, which brings together artists from all over the globe. The central aim of the WOMAD festival is to celebrate the world’s many forms of music, arts and dance.”


7 ) SPLORE FESTIVAL

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Photo via Facebook

When: Mid-February annually

Where: Tapapakanga Regional Park, Auckland

http://www.splore.net/

“A three day entertainment extravaganza & New Zealand’s greatest dress up party. We invite you to embrace the theme and join our mindful tribe of party animals!”


8) NORTHERN BASS

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Photo via Facebook

When: Late December

Where: Mangawhai

https://northernbass.co.nz/

Northern Bass is three days and nights of New Year celebrations! Situated just over an hour north of Auckland in the summer hotspot of Mangawhai, Northern Bass brings together a world class selection of musicians, DJs and producers to provide the perfect soundtrack for bringing in the New Year.”


9) SHIPWRECKED FESTIVAL

 

When: February annually

Where:  Te Arai (90 Minutes North from Auckland)

https://www.shipwrecked.co.nz/

“Shipwrecked Festival is a boutique music and arts festival brought to you with love by The Greatest Show on Earth. Nestled between three lakes in an idyllic landscape not far from the hum of Auckland, the Shipwrecked Festival site at Te Arai has been lovingly curated over the years to transform into a spectacular playground. Taking inspiration from the European festival scene, with uniquely Kiwi vibes, Shipwrecked festival is a place to come together to celebrate and immerse ourselves into a weekend of underground electronic music, nature, visual and interactive art, and life itself.”

Shipwrecked got some weird press this year, as apparently it was forced to be a “dry-festival”.  It looks like a blast though, and will definitely be trying to make it in the future.


10 ) QUEENSTOWN WINTER FESTIVAL

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When: June annually

Where:  Queenstown

https://www.winterfestival.co.nz/

Last, but certainly not least…the Queenstown Winter Festival isn’t strictly a music event, but has tons to offer!  I fell in love with Queenstown when I visited, and it’s truly one of the most picturesque cities in the world.

“Come celebrate the arrival of New Zealand’s winter in true Queenstown style!  The celebrations kick off Thursday 21st of June, and are followed by four days of fireworks, street parties, music, comedy, family fun and madness up the mountain, nightlife and SO MUCH MORE!”


PLANNING A TRIP TO NEW ZEALAND…?

I spent the entire month of September 2017 exploring this beautiful country, and I fell completely in love!  I’m pretty sure it’s humanly impossible to step foot on New Zealand, and not have the idea of moving there.  Take a read through my articles below to help with some fun trip ideas!

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