New Year and beyond: the festivals

Last updated 05:00 29/12/2013

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Partiers are headed to their New Year destinations, primed to bring in 2014.

Across the country, party hot spots will be humming with the beginnings of New Year celebrations.

THE MAJOR SOUTH ISLAND FESTIVALS:

Otatara Bay, Pelorus Sounds: Twisted Frequency

This all-ages festival starts on December 30, and is held in the Marlborough Sounds.

General admission, which includes the cost of four days' camping, costs $115.

Otago: Rhythm and Alps

The little sister of Rhythm and Vines, Rhythm and Alps is in the Cardrona Valley, 15 minutes south of Wanaka, Central Otago.

It is a two-day music festival starting on December 30.

Tickets: from day passes for $109 to premium camping for $250

Lineup: David Dallas, Shapeshifter, @Peace, and High Contrast

Christchurch: Beach Breaks New Years Eve Festival

On New Year's Eve, Pierside Café and Bar in Christchurch will have live bands from 3pm.

Tickets: $23

Lineup: Local bands and a DJ.

OTHER FESTIVALS

Cromwell, Otago: Cherry Festival

This festival held on January 4 involves cherry spitting, cherry pie baking and eating, a colouring competition, and a cherry/ping pong race.

Cathedral Square, Christchurch: Christchurch festival of flowers

February 8- March 2

This festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary. It will feature a 15m diameter chalice floral garden, Japanese and topiary gardens, and floral bungalows. The festival is held from February 8 to March 2.

The Classic Hits Winery Tour

The tour touches down in over 17 national locations from January 31 to March 1.  Co promoter Campbell Smith said the focus is on "great nz wine and food, stunning locations and warm, balmy nights. It's about feeling good with friends and family, kicking off your shoes."

Tickets: $75

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