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.
Ring in the New Year at the foot of the mighty Southern Alps at Rhythm and Alps(opens in new window), 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.
WOMAD(opens in new window) (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.
Every year Wellington waterfront comes alive with banging Kiwi beats and a carnival atmosphere for Homegrown(opens in new window) 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.
What started as a picnic day, Pasifika Festival(opens in new window) 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.
The popular seaside resort of Whangamata in The Coromandel roars to life once a year for Beach Hop(opens in new window), 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.
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