December 12, 2014

The best festivals and events in NZ this summer!

Summer is here and quite frankly, we deserve it!

I’ve trawled the interweb looking for the coolest summer events so you don’t have to…

But before you read on, did you know there is a girl in the United States whose job it is to encourage Americans to take their full quota of annual leave? I met her last week. What a job! Americans typically get only one or two weeks leave per year (I know!) and even then they think it’s better to leave some days on the table.

So in my effort to promote a healthy work/life balance with Sovereign’s #lifetakecharge campaign, this post is all about some really cool festivals for these long luscious days – and nights.

Rhythm and Vines

Rhythm and Vines

Waiohika Estate Vineyard, near Gisborne : December 29-31

Headlined by Grammy nominee Bastille as well as Chase and Status (DJ Set) and Netsky (Live) with a night each. Plus rising star MØ, five-time Aria winner Chet Faker, hip hop heavyweight Danny Brown, Zane Lowe, Broods and tons more.

Four stages, three days, bring your own tent or glamp it in a pre-set up tepee.


Rhythm and Alps

Robrossa Station, Wanaka : December 30-31 from 2pm

Featuring Bastille, Shapeshifter, Zane Lowe, Chet Faker, Just Blaze, London Elektricity & MC Wrec, DC Breaks, MØ, Mr Carmack, Mad Professor, Addison Groove, The Cuban Brothers, State of Mind, Ayah Marar, Meta and the Cornerstones, Little May, Team Dynamite, Doprah, Sorceress, Kamandi, Haz Beats, Longwalkshortdock, The Nomad, Kev Fresh, Uone, Timmus, Drax Project, Play DJ’s, Deep Fried Dub, Ribera


The Winery Tour

Featuring Dave Dobbyn, Don McGlashan, Supergroove, Anika Moa

Anika Moa, Dave Dobbyn 

Mills Reef Winery, Bethlehem, Tauranga : January 24, 2015

Villa Maria Winery, Auckland : January 25, 2015

Ascension Wine Estate, Matakana : February 7, 2015

Black Barn Vineyards, Havelock North : February 12-13, 2015

Luna Estate, Martinborough : February 14, 2015

Vilagrad Winery, Hamilton : February 20, 2015

Sentry Hill Winery, New Plymouth : February 21, 2015

Neudorf Vineyards, Upper Moutere : February 27, 2015

Waipara Hills, Amberley : February 28, 2015


St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

Silo Park, Auckland : January 26 11am-11pm

Featuring 30 bands from New Zealand, USA, UK, Australia, Sweden and Canada.

It started accidently in a tiny Melbourne bar and is now an international event and always interested in finding what’s fresh and putting it into unique settings to be appreciated by music lovers.


Slam Beach Volleyball

Only the biggest volleyball beach party in the Southern Hemisphere is about to hit our shores fresh from Australia’s beaches.

Mt Maunganui : January 8-9, 2015

Mission Bay, Auckland : January 24-25, 2015, 9am-8pm

Splore 15

Splore 15

Tapapakanga Regional Park, Deerys Rd, Auckland : February 20 –22, 2015, from 8am

Featuring more than 60 acts over three days of liberation and libation; idealism and interactivity; creative showcase and community in a pristine environment where sustainability is just as important as the frivolity.


Reggae by the River

Riverside Park, Taupo : December 30, starts 4pm

Featuring The Black Seeds, Katchafire, Sons of Zion and ManaLion

This is a family-friendly event and under 12’s are free. Food and drink is available on site, but concert-goers may bring sealed water and picnics.

On the Lawn festival

On the Lawn

Blake Park, Mt Maunganui : Thursday January 8, 2015 from 1pm-10pm

Craft beer, food and wine festival featuring Tiki Taane, Tahuna Breaks, Goodshirt, Sweet Mix Kids and more


Gibbston Wine and Food Festival

Queenstown Gardens, Queenstown : March 21, 2015, 10am-6pm

Celebrate Gibbston with 15 local food stalls and live entertainment


Music in Parks


Featuring jazz, rock, hip hop, pop, dub and more in parks all over Auckland

Running every weekend from January 10 to March 15, 2015

Bring a picnic, a rug and some good friends

Movies in parks

Movies in Parks


Every Friday and Saturday in Auckland from January 10-March 15, 2015

Featuring block busters to animated movies and home-grown flicks.

Bring rugs, bean bags and a gourmet picnic

This post was made possible thanks to Sovereign.

About Megan Singleton


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