New Zealand's top music festivals

Listen to chilled beats by the beach, catch Kiwi talent in the world's coolest capital or experience Pacific culture at a New Zealand music festival.

Rhythm and Alps, Wanaka

Ring in the New Year at the foot of the mighty Southern Alps at Rhythm and Alps, the South Island sister of Gisborne’s Rhythm and Vines. The three-day music event sees 10,000 people flock the beautiful Cardrona Valley - just 15 minutes from Wanaka - to see 50 international and local acts perform across four stages. Pitch your own tent, bring a campervan or hire a teepee.

Splore, Auckland

Explore Splore, a boutique music festival held on the beach an hour outside Auckland City. It’s a typcial Kiwi summer experience – swimming, camping, friends – but with an eclectic line-up, glamping and colourful art. You can drive, catch a bus or even dock your boat!

Womad, Taranaki

WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) is an internationally established festival that brings together artists from all over the globe to celebrate music, arts and dance. Held annually at the stunning New Plymouth site in Taranaki, the three-day festival is family-oriented, with different camping options, food stalls and plenty of activities.

Homegrown, Wellington

Every year Wellington waterfront comes alive with banging Kiwi beats and a carnival atmosphere for Homegrown music festival. Five stages showcase an array of New Zealand talent, covering everything from rock, electronic and dub step. Expect nothing less from the coolest little capital. 

Pasifika Festival, Auckland

What started as a picnic day, Pasifika Festival has become the largest gathering of its kind in the world. Nowadays, 11 stages resonate with the sounds of brass bands, drummers, ukuleles and melodic voices every year, showcasing the traditions and prowess of the Pacific peoples, including the Maori of Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Beach Hop, The Coromandel

The popular seaside resort of Whangamata in The Coromandel roars to life once a year for Beach Hop, a five-day festival celebrating the music, culture, fashion, music, hot rods, motorbikes, dancing, dragsters and scooters of this golden era. The festival has grown from 6000 to over 120,000 people since its inception in 2001.

Rhythm and Vines, Gisborne

Where better to experience the first sunrise of the year than at New Zealand’s biggest music festival, Rhythm and Vines? The internationally acclaimed three-day music festival showcases the world’s best musicians in one of the most beautiful locations on earth, Gisborne

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