Insider Tips into New Zealand’s music scene

How’s your knowledge of the NZ music scene? Not great? Thought so. Having grown up in New Zealand @AnnaCoddingtonMusic knows where to go to get off the beaten track. Read her New Zealand insider tips and what festivals you should be heading to this year:

What home grown Kiwi Anna Coddington thinks

Anna’s number one place has to be Raglan (her home town so maybe she’s a little biased). It has excellent surf spots, cute cafes, quirky shops and family-friendly black sand beaches. There’s a strong creative community for both music and visual arts. Sunday Sessions down at the Yotty Club are not to be missed!

Lake Wanaka
Second on her list is the gorgeous little town of Wanaka. This place is stunning. Built around Lake Wanaka, it’s perfect for summer swims and lazy BBQs. They have several music and arts festivals throughout the year such as the “Festival of Colour”. Anna always tries to incorporate it into any tour she does.

Here’s 5 of the best music festivals NZ has to offer…

festival crowd

Rhythm and Vines

Where? Gisborne, North Island
When? 29 – 31 December
Why? It’s the first festival in the world to welcome in the sunrise of the New Year. What an EPIC way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Last year’s line up included the likes of Pekin Duck, Sticky Fingers, Angus and Julia Stone. R&V is the ultimate NZ festival experience.

Rhythm and Alps

Where? Cardrona Valley, Wanaka, South Island
When? 30 – 31 December
Why? The up and coming younger brother of R&V. The South Island’s biggest music festival, another incredible way to bring in the New Year! Line ups include international acts such as Disclosure, Flume, Bastille, SBTRKT and Rudimental. If you’re looking for the biggest party on the South Island, it has to be R&A.


Where? Auckland, North Island
When? 20 February
Why? Australasia’s number one reggae and roots festival. The festival features 12 hours of music, on two stages over one jam-packed day. This year’s line up includes Wu Tang Clan, The Game, Macy Gray, XZbit and UB40. You’ve still got time to grab a pair of tickets. All you need is a bottle of rum, jerk chicken and a cheap flight over there!

boy girl festival


Where? Auckland, North Island
When? 01 February
Why? The pioneer for new and original music. Laneway combines fresh sounds and quirky surroundings. The size of the festival, location and overall vibe make for a pretty unique experience. Line up this year was real cool: Courtney Barnett, Flume, Grimes, Hermitude and Violent Soho to name-drop a few. So don your glasses, beards and man buns. Embrace your inner hipster!


Where? Wellington, North Island
When? 02 April
Why? Homegrown is all about Kiwi acts. It’s in the name. So for an authentic Kiwi experience check it out. The beers are cold, the sun is hot and the music is great. Line up includes Shapeshifter, Kora, Stan Walker (Australian idol winner). Sweet as.

So it’s not just bungee jumping in NZ. You’ve still got time to see Raggamuffin and Homegrown. All you need is a flight over there. Go on, get your festival season off to a bang!