Aside from offering exceptional sights and adrenaline-pumping adventures, New Zealand also boasts a vibrant music festival scene, frequented by hundreds of thousands of people each year. With our selection for the upcoming spring and summer, all you need to do is gather your friends, rent a free campervan and get the party started.
Hidden Valley (Matakana, December 27)
After a wildly successful inaugural event last year, which brought Fisher to the New Zealand soil, Hidden Valley is back to offer electronic music fans another memorable boutique festival experience. The festival takes place at the Matakana Country Park, just a bit north from Auckland, and this year’s line-up features What So Not Live, Wilkinson feat. MC Adapt, Chris Lake and Culture Shock. The tickets aren’t available yet, but you can sign up for the first right to buy them on the official website.
Rhythm and Vines (Gisborne, December 29-31)
Rhythm and Vines is one of NZ’s prime music and camping festival, taking place at the stunning Waiohika Estate, surrounded by vineyards, just outside of Gisborne, on the east coast of the North Island. With more than a hundred artist, both local and international (this year’s line-up includes Disclosure, Alison Wonderland, RL Grime, Calyx & Teebee and Green Velvet), five stages and about 20,000 party goers each year, it is globally recognized as the first festival in the world to welcome in the sunrise of the New Year. You can purchase day passes or general admission for all three days here.
Rhythm & Alps (Wanaka, December 29-31)
Rhythm & Alps is the most iconic festival on the South Island, attracting around ten thousand partygoers each year. Over fifty international and local acts will be performing this year (Jon Hopkins, Shapeshifter, Floating Points and the Upbeats are the headliners), on four stages, with arguably the best sound and lighting in the entire country. The event takes place at the stunning Robrosa Station, Wanaka, and you can find ticket packages with onsite camping included.
Shipwrecked Festival (Te Arai, February 7-9)
Nestled between three lovely lakes in an idyllic landscape of Te Arai, about 90 km north of bustling Auckland, the Shipwrecked Festival takes inspiration from the European festival scene, but gives it some truly unique Kiwi vibes. This 3-day event is not only about music, as it also includes visual and interactive art performances. The 2020 line-up has yet to be confirmed, along with the ticket info.
As you can see, the offer of music festivals in New Zealand in the following months is quite ample and diverse, catering to different tastes. Assemble your festival squad, choose the events you like, get a free transfer car and…rock on.