10 best music festivals in New Zealand

10 Best Music Festivals in Australia and New Zealand 2017

10 Best Music Festivals in Australia and New Zealand

We round up 10 of the best music festivals taking place across Australisa this summer.

They are also the 10 greenest festivals on this side of the ditch.

All of them are reusable and are the most sustainable festivals out there. 

From Beer Gardens, Surf Beaches, to watching the action from your very own yacht, or just surfing someone New Zealand coastline – there’s something for everyone when it comes to summer music festivals here in New Zealand.

We put the spotlight on 10 festivals worth adding to your summer calendar Without further ado…

Rhythm and Vines Reusable Cups -2017

Rhythm and Vines Reusable Cups -2017

1. RHYTHM AND VINES

The first festival to see the sun. This year the organiser’s have gone all out to produce an unforgettable experience with a consistent line-up of hard hitting party starters. The festival sold out last year and we almost sold out of reusable cups.

If there is one festival to go to down under it is this. 

Where: Waiohika Estate, Gisborne, New Zealand 

When: December 29 – 31, 2017

Splore Festival - 2017

Splore Festival - 2017

2. SPLORE FESTIVAL

New Zealands best kept secret. Splore is likely to be one of the best music festivals in the world. Set in a spectacular location – you can watch acts on the main stage as you soak up the sun on the beach, or even from the yacht. Yes, you can bring your own boat. Splore also focused on becoming a Zero Waste festival and have their own wedding chapel.

Where: Tapapakanga Regional Park, 70km out of Auckland, New Zealand 

When: February 19 – 21, 2018

Northern Bass Festival Cup 2017

Northern Bass Festival Cup 2017

3. NORTHERN BASS

Northern Bass brings together all elements of local and international bass culture even the most clued-up enthusiasts didn’t even know about – grime, drum n bass, boom bap, neurocrunk, glitch-hop, ghetto funk, hip-hop, funk, dubstep and more.

Where: Worsfold Farm, Mangawhai, New Zealand

When: December 30 – 31, 2017

Reusable Cups at Womad Festival 

Reusable Cups at Womad Festival 

4. WOMAD 

The World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) brings together a melting pot of styles and artists from across the globe and throws them right into the heart of the mighty Taranaki. The festival has a central aim of celebrating the world’s many forms of music, arts and dance and is known for its breathtaking performances and family friendly atmosphere. They celebrate ten years on the block this March.

Where: TSB Arena and Brooklands Bowl, New Plymouth, New Zealand

When: March 18 – 20, 2018

Woodford Folk Festival Cup 2017

Woodford Folk Festival Cup 2017

5. WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL

Woodford is the 6-day summer festival of freedom, music and expression. Set in the deep forest inland from the Sunshine Coast. You will be blown away by one of Australia's oldest and best festivals. The festival is a multi-genre event with an array of different styles of music.

Where:Woodford, QLD, Australia 

When: December 27-2nd, 2017

Coastella Music Festival

Coastella Music Festival

6. COASTELLA

Set in the beautiful Kapiti Coast. Coastella you could say is New Zealand's play on the famous, Coachella :) But on the coast. Only 30 minutes out of Wellington it is one of the newest music festivals to open up in New Zealand! The one-day Festival showcases established and emerging local and international artists with an eclectic range of music covering indie rock, Americana, folk, Irish, pop, New Orleans swing, hip hop, singer songwriters, dreamy pop and electro.

Where: Kapiti Coast, Wellington, New Zealand 

When: February, 2018

Caloundra Music Festival Reusable Cups 

Caloundra Music Festival Reusable Cups 

7. Caloundra Music Festival

Enjoy four days of Sun, Surf and Soul at the beautiful Kings Beach on the Sunshine Coast!
The eleventh annual Caloundra Music Festival will be held over the September/October long weekend. 
The beautiful Kings Beach and surrounds will come alive to the sounds of a diverse line-up of entertainment featuring the best of the Australian music industry as well as incredible international artists. 

This not for profit family-friendly community event celebrates the environment, cultural achievements and community pride of the Caloundra area.

Where: Caloundra, QLD, Australia

When: September 2017

Hokitika Wild Foods Festival Cups

Hokitika Wild Foods Festival Cups

8. Hokitika WildFoods Festival

One of the most iconic events in New Zealand. Hokitika Wild Foods is a festival not to be missed. Over 6000 people head to the one prettiest parts of New Zealand to experience a food and Music Festival like no other. Prepare to eat testicals and Sperm while you kick back and listen to good music at night, while sipping one of New Zealands most famous craft beers out of a Globelet.

Where: Hokitika, New Zealand

When: March, 2018

Nostalgia Music Festival Reusable Cups 

Nostalgia Music Festival Reusable Cups 

9. Nostalgia Music Festival

Ranked one of the most popular music festivals in New Zealand. Nostalgia started as a boutique music festival on the side, to become one of the most successful up and coming festivals in New Zealand. An exclusive showcase of local food, drink, and entertainment - where top quality produce, products, and people come together with live performances from a select line-up of New Zealand’s finest musicians. 
 

Where: Christchurch, New Zealand

When: April 2018

Oro Music Festival Reusable Cups

Oro Music Festival Reusable Cups

10. Oro Music Festival

The youngest of all our festivals who decided to be green from day one. Oro Festival is the latest addition to New Zealand's Music Festival scene. Oro is part owned by one of New Zealands Maori tribes and is set out amongst their forest one hour out of Auckland.  

Where: Auckland, New Zealand

When: April 2018

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FIVE greenest festivals in New Zealand

Check out our list of the greenist events where you can party sustainably.

Splore 2016 - Pink 

Splore 2016 - Pink 

Music festivals around the world are involved in a race to make themselves more sustainable than their rivals. As well as doing the world a solid, a cabinet full of green awards means good press and, hopefully, even better ticket sales. In the world of music festivals, the green initiatives in place are mind-boggling. Splore (pictured above) is the only festival with 'A Greener festival Award' and was the first three day festival to go disposable water bottle free; Womad is arguable the biggest green festival in New Zealand; and the our biggest and most renowned festival - Northern Bass is probably the only Bass Festival that has decided to go single use cup free in the world.

Here are five more sustainable music events in New Zealand. 

SPLORE

This Auckland festival is a giant among men when it comes to sustainability. And it's all because of Splore's founders care so much about doing the right thing. It is the leader in New Zealand for sustainable events. It was the first multi day festival to go single use disposable cups free. It was the first festival to go single use water bottle free. 

Splore Music Festival, 2010 Kawakawa Bay, NZ. photo by Peter Caughey

Splore Music Festival, 2010 Kawakawa Bay, NZ. photo by Peter Caughey

WOMAD

WOMAD is always striving to be the best it can be. It is the pioneering spirit of sustainability for festivals and events in New Zealand. If people think sustainable festival, they think Womad. Just count the reasons how: The festival recycles 70 percent of its waste thanks to Beyond The Bin

Womad Music Festival, photo by Jessica Leong

Womad Music Festival, photo by Jessica Leong

NORTHERN BASS 

NORTHERN BASS is one of the worlds biggest and best Bass Festivals. It is also probably the greenist bass festival in the world. Drink demand is high and sustainability demand is low. However, the owners are pioneers and driving to make the festival as incredible as they can. Its mother company Fuzen Entertainment is owned by some of the most successful event managers in New Zealand. They have seen what waste can do, and went out to make Northern Bass different. 

Northern Bass

SILO PARK  

SIlo Park has transformed the Auckland Food scene. In 2016/2017 they decided to go disposable cup free with huge success. With an event on every week, they were the first successful food market, that consistently eliminated single use disposable cups. 

Silo Park - 2017 

Silo Park - 2017 

ORO FESTIVAL 

ORO FESTIVAL is the newest festival on the New Zealand music scene. Set out in Woodhill forest, the electric pioneers Underworld dazzle music-lovers with their Coachella-ready set at this brand-new, boutique music festival amongst the trees. 

Oro Festival 2017

Oro Festival 2017

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