10 NZ Music Festivals to add to your Bucket List05:17 PM on Thu 10 Jul 2014

1. St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

Monday 26th January 2015


One of our favourite NZ Music Festivals - Laneway Festival (also takes place in Australia) is kicking off 2015 with a bang, featuring artists such as Angus & Julia Stone, Belle & Sebastian, Lykke Li & More! 

More info: auckland.lanewayfestival.com

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

2. Camp a Low Hum

Tuesday 10 February – Thursday 12 February, 2015


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 

3. BW Summer Festival

27 Dec – 1 January, 2015


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. Northern Bass

30 Dec – 31 December, 2015

Mangawhai, north of Auckland

Set in the sub tropical pleasures of New Zealand’s northland – 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. Last year played host to Andy C, Fat Freddy’s Drop, DJ Vadim - so stay tuned for a huge line up! 

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

5. Homegrown

7 March, 2015


Probably one of New Zealand's longest running and popular music festivals with 7 stages and 57 Acts rocking the stages in 2015. 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. 

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!

6. Rhythm & Alps

Cardrona Valley, near Wanaka

30 Dec – 31 December, 2015

So you’re heading to New Zealand’s South Island? Think Big Mountains & beautiful lakes! This is the only 2 day camping festival held in the South Island and is an absolute must! Rudimental and Bastille have played in recent years so stay tuned for a massive 2015 line up! 

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

7. Queenstown Winter Festival

19th - 28th June, 2015 


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

8. Rhythm and Vines

Waiohika Estate Vineyard, Gisborne

29 Dec – 31 December, 2015

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.

Mroe info: www.rhythmandvines.co.nz

9. Highlife NYE Experience


31 December, 2015

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 running to and from Auckland all night long. Stay tuned for 2015 tickets. 

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

10.  Splore

20th - 22nd February, 2015 

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 Aukland - this 3 day music festival respects the ancient land. 2015 will host Mr Scruff, The Phoenix Foundation & Aussie favs The Cat Empire. 

More info: http://splore.net/

For affordable accommodation in Auckland, check out Base

Yewwww!!!!! Enjoy 2015! Have a group of 10? Email social@stayatbase.com for Group Discount Accommodation at Base! 

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