NZ Festivals Guide 2023 | Summer Music Festivals New Zealand
One way to see New Zealand’s beautiful landscape, take in exceptional sights, and chat with locals, is to go festival hopping around the country. Dive deep into
New Zealand’s music festival scene and you won’t regret it. Dance to the rhythm by the beach, catch global and local talent at NZ festivals this summer.
There is certainly no shortage of festivals in New Zealand, yet you will discover that most are held over the summer months (December to April). And if you are in Aotearoa over the New Year period, there are a plethora of great festivals at your fingertips.
We can’t wait to dance away what has been a rough 2020 – 2022 for many. Good things to come!
Here’s a peek at some of the NZ Festivals that have caught our attention: Earth Beat
earthbeatfestival.com When: March 22–26, 2023 Where: Auckland, New Zealand Listen on Spotify
Boutique, innovative, and always pushing boundaries, Earth Beat Music + Arts Festival is the place where you play, revitalize, reunite with old friends, make new connections and return to the world grounded and inspired!
It’s not just a “legendary party”, it’s a platform for cutting edge creativity and mind-blowing experiences. As one of the only truly zero-waste events in Aotearoa New Zealand, Earth Beat aspires to be a think-tank of ideas and new ways of living.
This is a family camping festival with the community vibe like no where else. Earth Beat is hosted in partnership with Auckland Council and the Whenua of Ātiu Creek on the beautiful shores of the Kaipara, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.
Extending to 5-days for 2023, come ready to escape the chaos of the CBD and immerse in a wonderland of celebration and culture amidst a paradisaical setting.
When: March 25-26, 2023 Where: Wellington, New Zealand
One of New Zealand’s most vibrant and creative festivals. We come back to the streets with a beautiful disruption over the last weekend of summer – 26th and 27th March 2022! With the streets closed to traffic in the Cuba Quarter, 100,000+ people of all ages celebrating the sights & sounds of Aotearoa and beyond, in this massive two day festival of the streets.
Revel in the creative heart of our capital with an abundance of live music spanning the genres across twelve stages. Interrupt your regular weekends programming and immerse yourself within site activation’s and creative installations.
One Love Festival NZ
When: Jan 28–29, 2023 Where: Tauranga, New Zealand Watch Video One Love Festival will kick off a new year with a hot NZ line-up in 2022 which is sure continue into future years. Without question one of the most popular two-day festivals in Australasia, filled with international big-hitters set to perform at the summer extravaganza. One Love 2022 will be held in its long-standing home at Tauranga Domain.
One Love has sold out for the last four years in a row and with the lineup getting stronger year after year, it is expected that tickets for the festival will always be in high demand.
When: Feb 24–26, 2023 Where: Auckland, New Zealand Listen on Spotify While no longer boutique, Splore is one of Auckland’s larger music festivals held on the beach an hour outside CBD. It’s New Zealand’s greatest dress up party and a typical Aotearoa summer experience – swimming, camping, friends – but with a diverse line-up, and an electric festival landscape.
Staged annually on the shores of Tapapakanga Regional Park, Splore runs for 3 days and deep into the nights – the lineup is always top notch with musical artists from New Zealand and abroad.
The upcoming Splore Festival is dedicated to celebrating the Motherkind, drawing inspiration from Mother Nature.
I’ve been to many festivals around the world. NZ Festivals have an intimacy that you don’t find at most festivals in other places.
Kayla (Festival Aficionado) Rhythm & Vines
When: 29-31 December, 2023 Where: Gisborne, New Zealand Listen on Spotify Watch Video
New Zealand’s premier music and camping festival located at the beautiful Waiohika Estate on the sunny. Where better to experience the first sunrise of the year than at New Zealand’s Rhythm and Vines? The gobally recognized 3-day music festival showcases the some of the world’s best musicians in one of the most beautiful locations on earth.
When: 10-13 March, 2023 Where: Taranaki, New Zealand Listen on Spotify
WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) is a globally established festival that features a collection of artists from all over to celebrate culture, music, arts and dance. Held every year at the cosy and beautiful New Plymouth site in
Taranaki, the 3-day festival is great for families, with a variety of camping options, good eats, a bustling market and plenty of activities. Rhythm & Alps
When: 29–31 December, 2023 Where: Wanaka, New Zealand Listen on Spotify
South Island’s sister of Gisborne’s Rhythm and Vines, the 3-day music event sees thousands of people gather in the beautiful Cardrona Valley, 15 minutes from Wanaka. A massive lineup of over 50 international and local acts perform across four stages. Drive in your campervan, hire a teepee, or pitch your own tent.
When: 18 March, 2023 Where: Wellington, New Zealand Listen on Spotify
Homegrown is renown for showcasing the amazing musical talent New Zealand produces. Like some of the other festivals on this list, it is big so not for the faint-hearted. Some say it’s one of the best NZ festivals to attend.
Homegrown is one of New Zealand’s longest running festivals. Highly popular, there are usually with 5-7 stages and 50-60 Acts rocking the stages year after year.
When: 3-6 February, 2023 Where: Northland, New Zealand Watch Video
Leave the ordinary behind and discover the freedom and transcendent wonder of an authentic psychedelic festival experience.
The theme for 2023 is Forget the Ordinary – feel entirely unencumbered by your daily hassles and grind. Dress up, go wild, lose yourself to the music, discover the unusual – be yourself and nobody else!
All nz festivals offer something unique.
At Earth Beat, we’re proud of what we bring to the scene.
Earth Beat sparked from a group of friends dancing together and dreaming of building an earth-positive community—to plant ideas and harvest tangible, new and alternative ways of living in harmony with Earth.
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