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New Zealand's epic scenery plays host to some pretty amazing music festivals! Do not miss these top ten festivals to top off your New Zealand experience.. 

1. Rhythm & Alps

When? 30 Dec – 31 December, 2015

Where? Cardrona Valley, near Wanaka and Queenstown

Cost? $129 + booking fee

So you’re heading to New Zealand’s South Island for New Year's Eve? Think Big Mountains & beautiful lakes! This is the only 2 day camping festival held in the South Island and is an absolute must! 2015/16 will see an epic line up of New Zealand and international acts including Sticky Fingers, Katchafire, Carl Cox and Remi. Tickets are still available!

More info: www.rhythmandalps.co.nz

Need accommodation? Base Wanaka is the place to stay! Central, on site bar with a party and cheap meal deals 7 nights a week and choose from Twin, Double or Dorm Share Rooms. Check prices and availability here. Alternatively you can Base yourself in Queenstown as Cardrona is just a short drive away. Check out Base Queenstown here.

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2. Queenstown Winter Festival

When? June 2016

Where? Queenstown

Snow junkie? This is the ultimate New Zealand Festival for you! Not too good on the slopes? Not to worry - Queenstown Winter Fest features a week long array of Events including Film Festivals, DJs, Bands, Hot Tubs, Parties, Fireworks - and of course, some of the best snowboarders / skiiers from across the globe to compete in the Winterfest games. Each year the opening of Queenstown’s Ski Season kicks off with a bang.

More info: www.winterfestival.co.nz

Accommodation in New Zealand's party capital books out fast so get in early! Base Queenstown are situated smack bang in the centre of the action! Choose from Twin, Double, Triple, 4, 6 or 8 Bed Dorms. Check out prices and availability here.


3. BW Summer Festival

When? 27 Dec – 1 January, 2015

Where? Gisborne

Cost? $255 for 3 day camping tickets

This is a 3 Day Camping Music Festival not to be missed with a huge line up year after year! 2014 saw the likes of Flume, Shapeshifter & Peking Duk. The festival is located on the beach side shores of Gisborne – New Zealand’s most easterly point and get this... the FIRST place in the WORLD to see the SUNRISE IN 2016! Other things to look forward to? Jelly Wrestling, Big Kids Playground, Beach Skinny Dip and too many funsies to note!

More info: www.bwsummerfestival.com


4. Rhythm and Vines

When? 29 Dec – 31 December, 2015

Where? Waiohika Estate Vineyard, Gisborne

Cost? $99 for day tickets and $255 for 3 day camping tickets

5 Stages, 70 Local & International Artists surrounded by vineyards and drumroll... the first place in the WORLD to see the SUNRISE in 2016! You can buy combined tickets to this plus BW Festival to make the most of Gisborne’s New Year’s festivities. This year will see Peking Duk, Nero DJ Set, Sticky Fingers, Angus and Julia Stone and more!

More info: www.rhythmandvines.co.nz

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5. St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

When? Date to be confirmed, January 2016

Where? Auckland

One of our favourite NZ Music Festivals - Laneway Festival (also takes place in Australia) is kicking off 2016 with a bang! Previous artists have included Angus & Julia Stone, Banks and Belle & Sebastian.

More info: auckland.lanewayfestival.com

On a budget? Base in Auckland is central with a range of Dorm Room & Private Rooms available. Book here.


6. Camp a Low Hum

When? Mid February 2016, dates to be confirmed.

Where? Wellington

A local’s secret. A ‘non’ festival. It breaks all of the rules – no queues. No security. No VIP areas... and the Acts are not released until you arrive. Tickets sell out fast so get onboard. Oh and did we mention it’s BYO Alcohol?

More info: www.alowhum.com

Check out Base Wellington for central, affordable accommodation in the heart of New Zealand's cultural capital. A range of Dorm & Private rooms available here


7. Highlife NYE Experience

When? 31 December, 2015

Where? Stonyridge Winery, Waiheke Island, Auckland

Cost? $135 +

If you are in Auckland on New Year’s Eve head over to Waiheke Island and bring in the New Year with Fireworks, DJs and views at Stonyridge Winery. There is a ferry and buses running to and from Auckland city. 

More info: www.highlifenye.co.nz

On a budget? Base in Auckland is central with a range of Dorm Room & Private Rooms available. Book here.



8. Northern Bass

When? 29 Dec – 31 December, 2015

Where? Mangawhai, north of Auckland

Cost? $169 +

Set in the sub tropical pleasures of New Zealand’s northland one hour from Auckland – this festival celebrates all things bass – drum n bass, grime, hip hop, boom bap – you name it. The location has a sandy beach lagoon and a beach volleyball court. This year there is a huge line up featuring Shapeshifter, Ladi 6, Andy C and more.

More info: http://northernbass.co.nz

Need somewhere to stay in Auckland? Base in Auckland is central with a range of Dorm Room & Private Rooms available. Book here.


9. Homegrown

When? 5 March, 2016

Where? Wellington

Probably one of New Zealand's longest running and popular music festivals with 7 stages and 57 Acts rocking the stages year after year. This is the ultimate festival to check local Kiwi music with Shapeshifter, Six60, Kora, Katchafire & many more amazing NZ artists headlining 2015. Tickets are about $109. Stay tuned for 2016!

More info: www.homegrown.net.nz

Need accommodation in Wellington? Base have Twin & Double Rooms from $89 plus a range of 4, 6 & 8 Bed ensuite dorms right in the centre of Welly - and with a party at the Basement Bar 7 nights a week. Check prices and availability here!


10. Splore

When? 20th - 22nd February, 2016

Where? Tapapakanga Regional Park

This is a 3 Day festival favourited by NZ locals. It is a little more low key and takes place over 3 days on the shores of the Tapapakanga area. Located just 50 km south west of Auckland - this 3 day music festival respects the ancient land. 2015 played host to Mr Scruff, The Phoenix Foundation & Aussie favs The Cat Empire - stay tuned for the 2016 line up!

More info: http://splore.net/

Need somewhere to stay in Auckland? Base in Auckland is central with a range of Dorm Room & Private Rooms available. Book here.

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