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Music Festivals in New Zealand

by Travelbag on 28 May 2015, 10:05AM

With its mix of foreign festival expansions and its own unique musical attractions, New Zealand offers festival goers a plethora of world-renowned, international artists and emerging acts to enjoy in stunning and unusual venues and settings.


Big Day Out and St. Jerome’s Laneway festival have both set up sister festivals across the water from their Australian bases, with the former being one of the largest, mainstream events for New Zealanders, taking place in Auckland every January. The latter is still regarded as a far more indie affair and also takes takes place in Auckland in January.

Yet there are more eccentric and niche festivals out there to be discovered and enjoyed across New Zealand. Camp A Low Hum takes place in early February at Camp Wainui, a Scout camp near Wainuiomata, and caters for revellers with a sense of adventure and curiosity. The line-up isn’t announced until the festival is underway and attendees will notice a lack of security, queues, VIP areas or advertising. If you’re wanting to break away from the norm, let go of all the usual conventions, Camp A Low Hum could be your ideal music festival.

Rippon Open Air Festival is one of the most established festivals in New Zealand and also has plenty of its own charming idiosyncrasies that make it stand out from the growing crowds of competitors. A “homegrown” line-up means that local and national talent provide the tunes rather than big name international acts, with performances on the main stage being set against Lake Wanaka. An annual, February institution. Another golden oldie, is Rhythm And Vines that takes place on the Waiohika Estate in Gisborne every December and does attract the biggest and best names from afar.

Splore is a February festival set in Tapapakanga Regional Park that combines beautiful scenery with world-class artists and a laid-back ethos that attracts a crowd intent on having a good time and mellowing out. With a wedding chapel and many other fun attractions and facilities on-site, it’s an event with plenty of other strings to its bow.

Every March, New Plymouth plays host to WOMAD, or The World Of Music, Arts And Dance. A intentionally diverse and eclectic festival that blends together world music, hip hop, roots, fusion and avant-garde sounds, it is a paradise for those wanting to expand their musical horizons. Northern Bass is a festival that specifically caters for fans of drum’n’bass, grime, dubstep and more. It is an annual event that takes over Worsfold Farm, Mangawhai at the end of December.

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