10 MUSIC FESTIVALS IN NEW ZEALAND TO EXPERIENCE BEFORE YOU DIE
from Jones Around The World on Jul 17, 2017
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
When: December 29-31 annually
Where: Cardrona Valley, near Wanaka and Queenstown
“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
When: April 7th, 2018
Where: Wellington Waterfront
“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
When: January 2019 (Dates TBA)
“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.”
4 ) ELECTRIC AVENUE
When: February (2019 Dates TBA)
Where: Hagley Park, Christchurch
“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
When: 28-31 December annually
“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.”
6 ) WOMAD
When: March 16-18, 2018
Where: New Plymouth
“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
When: Mid-February annually
Where: Tapapakanga Regional Park, Auckland
“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
When: Late December
“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)
“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
When: June annually
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!
LOOKING FOR MORE MUSIC FESTIVALS?
I’ve written HEAPS about the best international festivals around the world, and you can go lost for hours reading about all of them!