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Summer 2016-2017

New Zealand Music Festivals

OUR TOP 6 LOCAL EVENTS TO CHECK OUT THIS SUMMER

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.

Rhythm and Vines
Fireworks at Rhythm & Vines
teepee rhythm and vines
Teepees amongst the vines

#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.

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Rhythm & Alps
Rhythm & Alps stunning location
Rhythm and Alps Concert
Crowds at Rhythm & Alps

#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.

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Auckland Laneways Festival
Auckland Laneway last year at Silo Park
Laneways Music Festival
One of Auckland's festival highlights

#3. LANEWAY

What: One of New Zealand’s most beloved music festivals, which has a sister event in Australia, is set to kick 2017 off in style. Previous artists have included HAIM, Florence + the Machine and Lorde. The next round promises everything from pioneering artists at the top of their game to acts they’re tipping to break through next year, such as Tame Impala, Nick Murphy (Chet Faker) and Mick Jenkins.
Where: Albert Park Precinct, Auckland; a new elevated location in the heart of the city. Having shifted from its previous home in Silo Park, this will be its first year away from the waterfront, offering an exciting and accessible mix of urban and outdoor activities, not to mention world-class dining and shopping.
When: 30 January 2017
Stay: Pullman Auckland (5min walk from the venue), Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, The Sebel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, The Sebel Quay West Auckland, Mercure Auckland, ibis Budget Auckland Central.
Splore Festival
Splore Is Set In The beautiful Tapapakanga Park
Splore Colours
Colour And Art At Splore Festival

#4. SPLORE

What: Simply put Splore is a boutique music and arts festival like no other, defined as: ‘Merry making festivities, carousing and frolicking or a good going session’. In layman’s terms, it’s a three-day festival favoured by NZ locals. It is a little more low-ley and takes place on the shores of the Tapapakanga area, located just 50 km south-west of Auckland. This year features artists like Sampa the Great, Ragga Twins and Dub Pistols.
Where: Tapapakanga Regional Park. Country meets coast at gorgeous Tapapakanga, with a dash of Māori and European history. Tapapakanga is a working coastal farm as well as a regional park – one minute you could be walking past farm animals and the next you’ll see rare coastal wildlife. This is a great spot to come, check out and chill out.
When: 17 - 19 February 2017
Tickets & Info: www.splore.net 
Stay: We have 10 hotels ranging from budget to luxury in Auckland, that can provide you with a bit of comfort before you make the hour-long drive to the festival site and commence your camping.
WOMAD New Plymouth
WOMAD Crowds At The TSB Bowl
WOMAD
WOMAD Sculpture In The Brookland Park Lake

#5. WOMAD

What: The World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) brings together a melting pot of styles and artists from across the globe. This year it features local talent such as Lord Echo, Mt Eden and Sons of Zion, playing alongside artists from across the globe, Welsh band ‘9Bach’, a traditional Vietnamese ensemble ‘Hanoi Masters’, the “Songbird of Wassalou” ‘Oumou Sangare’ and plenty more.
Where: TSB Bowl of Brooklands and Brooklands Park, New Plymouth. The city of New Plymouth is known for its sunny climate, art galleries and beautiful parks. The conical shape of Mount Taranaki provides a dramatic backdrop to the city. You may also like to stroll along the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway, a 10km promenade with stunning views.
When: March 17 – 19 2017
Tickets & Info: www.womad.co.nz 
Stay: Novotel New Plymouth Hobson
Homegrown Music Festival Wellington
Wellington Waterfront During Homegrown
Homegrown Crowds
NZ's Most Celebrated Summer Festival

#6. HOMEGROWN

What: Probably one of New Zealand's longest-running and most popular music festivals, with six stages and 48 acts rocking out, this is the ultimate festival to check out local Kiwi music. This year festival-goers can look forward to a full line-up, featuring Fat Freddy’s Drop, Six60, Elemeno P, Shihad, Kings, Drax Project, I Am Giant, Ladi6, Tomorrow People and much more, so you’ll be able to sign off summer with a massive festival bang!
Where: Wellington Harbour. Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, sits near the North Island’s southernmost point on the Cook Strait. A compact city, it encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills. It’s a great base from which to explore many wonderful outdoor attractions on offer within the surrounding area.
When: 4 March 2017
Tickets & Info: www.homegrown.net.nz 
Stay: Sofitel Wellington, Novotel Wellington, Mercure Wellington, ibis Wellington, Grand Mercure Wellington Central City Apartments, Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman.
Photo credits: Paul Hoelen Photography, Daniel Chew and Andy Jackson.

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