Summer Music in New Zealand

Learn all about the unique celebrations and festivals us Kiwis enjoy over the summer months, then get down here and party!

Rhythm and Vines Music Festival, Gisborne

Rhythm and Vines is the three-day festival experience of a lifetime, culminating in the finest music from lands far and wide and is definitely New Zealand’s festival to tick off!

Nestled within rural Gisborne's rolling hills amongst the lush vines of Waiohika Estate, Rhythm and Vines have created a purpose-built concert amphitheatre.

Now in its eighth year, Rhythm and Vines have had local and international superstars, as well as up and comers grace their many stages. But the eclectic and forward-thinking line-up is only part of the experience. From amazing camping options on Gisborne’s beaches or within the vines on the festival site right through to the range of extra-curricular fun on the giant waterslide, the event offers wide-ranging entertainment from theatrical stage performers and unbelievable pyrotechnics, to interactive art installations

Coromandel Gold, Whitianga

Come New Year’s Eve, Whitianga will once again host Coromandel Gold - New Zealand’s hottest New Year’s Eve festival, which last year saw 10,000 tickets sell out in less than three weeks.

Aotearoa's favourite live acts, including The Black Seeds, Trinity Roots, Tiki Tane, Shapeshifter, Ladi6 and Katchafire are coming together to welcome in the New Year with their explosive and energetic performances.

Held in the beautiful surroundings of Coromandel's Ohuka Farm, Coromandel Gold is three kilometres from Whitianga town centre and a stone's throw from Buffalo Beach. Plenty of camping will be available and buses will be running from Whitianga and local beaches.

Big Day Out, Auckland

Seven stages. Sixty international and New Zealand artists. One heck of a good time. Big Day Out has cemented its place as one of the best live music festivals in the world, and 2011 promises will be no exception. With a wide range of music suitable for every taste, the always amazing line-up includes bands such as Tool, Rammstein, and the much anticipated Iggy & the Stooges.

Summerdaze, Queenstown Lakes

The New Zealand summer is known to be a little longer than some others and so, beginning 31 December, a party that takes a full month can not be said to be out of place. The Summerdaze Festival in the outdoor playground of Queenstown Lakes District is characterised by true summer fun, with highlights including live bands, mountain biking, triathlon, rodeo shows, open air cinema, stalls and workshops. Detailed information about the programme can be found here:

La De Da, Martinborough

Set amongst beautiful vineyards in the small town of Martinborough (80 miles from Wellington - New Zealand's capital city), La De Da boasts a massive lineup of New Zealand and the world's finest bands, artists, and DJs, along with licensed bar areas and gourmet food on offer, this promises to be one party you just cannot miss!

With top acts such as Fat Freddy's Drop, Donovan Frankenreiter, Sola Rosa, SIX60 and Kora as well as drum 'n' bass masters SKiSM, Dodge & Fuski and State of Mind the festival promises to be bigger and better this year.  And being centred in the middle of one of the best wine-growing regions in the country, you can guarantee the wine will be top-notch and the food extra tasty.