New Year and beyond: The festivals

19:06, Jan 02 2014

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.

Here is a guide to the major festivals:


North Island

Waiheke, Auckland: Highlife New Year's Eve


Highlife NYE, held at the Stonyridge Vineyard, is held on December 31st.

The event has DJs, live acts, dancers, performers, gourmet food, and drinks.

Tickets: Sold out, ranging from $125 to $165.


Britomart, Auckland: Britomart Beach Party New Year's Eve

Four tonnes of sand will be dumped in Britomart for a 14-hour party. There will be more than ten music zones.

Tickets: Most tickets have sold out, but there are some $118 tickets left.


Tauranga: Mount Vibes New Year's Eve Music Festival

Ran by Flava FM and Fat Boys Rule, Mount Vibes is an R18 event playing reggae, hip hop, RnB, and dubstep.

Tickets: General admission costs $170

Lineup: The Black Seeds, Vlacklistt, I am giant, Sons of Zion


Rotorua: GLO Party in the Park

The GLO Festival features special guests Jackie Thomas and Whenua Patuwai.

It is a three-day New Year celebration, with a party in the park on December 31, a big brunch on New Year's Day, and a new event, Summer Fiesta, at the Night Market.

Tickets: Free


Gisborne: Rhythm and Vines

Going into the 11th year of the festival, Rhythm and Vines is Aotearoa's Glastonbury.

The festival draws around 30,000 people, and starts on December 29.

Tickets: $169 - $619 (VIP camping)

Lineup: Tahuna Breaks, P-Money, Shapeshifter, Empire of the Sun, and the Phoenix Foundation.


Martinborough: La De Da

La De Da, held on Daisybank Farm in Martinborough, starts on December 30.

Tickets: $35 to $250 (VIP camping)

Lineup: A$AP Rocky, Flume, and Ladi6.


Wellington: Farewell The Bath House

Iconic venue The San Francisco Bath House will host The Phoenix Foundation on New Year's Eve to see out 2013.

It will be the last New Year's Eve at The San Francisco Bath House, which will be closed and redeveloped.

Tickets: $20 door sales.


Wellington: New Year's Picnic

On New Year's Day, there will be a picnic at Waitangi Park. It starts at 11.30 am, and finishes at 4pm.

Tickets: Free

Lineup: New Zealand band Trinity Roots, and Wellington Musicians Vanessa Stacey and Eb and Sparrow. 


South Island

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 summer 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.


Western Springs, Auckland: Big Day Out

Big Day Out, on January 17, is arguably the musical festival of the summer. Headlining are Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Snoop Dogg, Tame Impala and Famous.


Mystery Creek, Hamilton: Parachute Music Festival

The longest-running music festival in New Zealand is about all things Christian. The line up at the drugs and alcohol free event includes Stan Walker, Dave Dobbyn, Ruby Frost, Moorhouse, and Titanium. It is held on January 24-26.

Tickets: $70 to $411


Silo Park, Auckland: St Jerome's Laneway Festival

First started in Melbourne in 2004 to showcase new and seminal music, Laneway crossed the ditch in 2010, and next year promises an even bigger and better line up. Headline acts include 2013's runaway success story Lorde, as well as Danny Brown, Haim, James Blake, and Savages. Laneway is held on January 27.

Tickets: $139.50


Kimberley Reserve, Levin: Organic River Festival

From February 6-9, the Organic River Festival is a chance to go organic, attend workshops and seminars, be entertained by musicians, take yoga classes, and swim in the Ohau River.

Tickets: From $25 (chid) to $476 (four adults camping)


Westpac stadium, Wellington: Sevens Wellington

Known for its wacky costumes and all-round party atmosphere, the two-day tournament, held on February 7-8, attracts about 35,000 fans to the capital. There's also $25,000 up for grabs in the Museum Art Hotel/Dominion Post 'Costume Catwalk' competition for the best outfits.

Tickets: From $59-$209


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.


Kerikeri domain, Bay of Islands: The Ocean and Orchard Wine and Food Festival

The Ocean and Orchard Wine and Food Festival on February 22 is a celebration of the food, wine, and music of the north. Over 30 stalls feature the area's seafood, fresh local produce, boutique wines and gourmet cuisine.

Tickets: $20 or $25 for gate sales


Napier: Tremains Art Deco Weekend

More than 200 events over five days, from February 19-23, include vintage cars, flying displays, steam train rides, free outdoor concerts, a Great Gatsby picnic and dinner dance extravaganza.

Tickets: Various prices (including free events)


Wellington: New Zealand Festival

At various venues around Wellington, for 24 days, the capital comes alive with theatre, dance, music, visual arts and film. Highlights include jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, Yo La Tengo and Rian. It is held from February 21 to March 16.

Tickets: Various prices


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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