New Zealand conjures up images of lush green hills, snow-capped peaks, rugged coastlines and delicious wines, but what about its music? Perhaps lesser-known on the international stage is its thriving local music scene, headed up by the likes of Lorde, Broods, Liam Finn and Fat Freddy’s Drop, plus a bevy of local acts, like Six60, Katchafire, The Black Seeds and Shapeshifter. These artists come together over summer to headline for some of the biggest annual festivals, concerts and winery tours in the country.
#1. RHYTHM & VINES
What: This three-day music festival boasts five packed out stages featuring local and international artists surrounded by vineyards. This year’s line-up promises the likes of NZ’s own Kimbra, Chance the Rapper, Rüfüs, Goldlink, Hot Chip (DJ set) and plenty more. What’s more, as the festival takes place on the East Coast of NZ, you’ll be one of the first people in the world to the see the first sunrise of 2017!
Where: Waiohika Estate Vineyard, Gisborne. This truly picturesque town is lucky enough to occupy a beautiful and remote part of New Zealand. This isolated, compact, easy to navigate city is perched on the most easterly edge of the country and is surrounded by world-class surf beaches, quality vineyards, citrus groves, magnificent trees and wild rivers that meander towards empty beaches.
When: 29 - 31 December 2016
Tickets & Info: www.rhythmandvines.co.nz
Stay: Sadly, we don’t have any AccorHotels in Gisborne though most festival goers prefer to take advantage of the onsite camping; your closest port of call is Auckland. We recommend you spend a comfy night at the Novotel Auckland Airport or ibis Budget Auckland Airport before making the trip to Gisborne.
#2. RHYTHM & ALPS
What: If big mountains, beautiful lakes and bountiful tunes are your thing, then don’t miss this unique music festival, at one of the most stunning locations ever. This short and sweet two-day camping festival held in the South Island is an absolute must for music and nature buffs. Featuring Six60, Dub FX, Sachi, Devilskin, and lots more high intensity acts.
Where: Cardrona Valley, near Wanaka. Cardrona is renowned for its lake, mountains and ski fields. It’s also nearby to Central Otago wine region, famous for its pinot noir. Queenstown is just a short drive away and is an adventure playground, with jet boating, bungee jumping, trekking and more on offer for the adventurous.
When: 30 - 31 December 2016
Tickets & Info: http://www.rhythmandalps.co.nz
Stay: Sofitel Queenstown Resort & Spa, Hotel St Moritz Queenstown, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Mercure Queenstown Resort, Mercure Oakridge Wanaka.