If you need a reason to spend New Years’ Eve in Middle Earth, look no further than Rhythm and Vines.
Founded back in 2003 by three good friends, the event was originally conceptualized as a way to welcome in the new year in a stunning location while being serenaded by New Zealand musicians. An attendance of 1,800 quickly grew to over 15,000 a few years later, and a one-day event was no longer enough. Today, attendees can marvel at the sheer beauty of the country while listening to performances from renowned local and international acts throughout a three-day New Years’ Eve music festival. Past performers include Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Naked and Famous, Tame Impala, Public Enemy, Franz Ferdinand, Flume, Salmonella Dub, and Mylo.
‘Rhythm and Vines is the only music festival in the world that ushers in the first dawn of the new year.’
In fact, Gisborne is the only place in the world you can literally see the sunrise ahead of everyone else. If that isn’t enough, the award-winning festival will be showcasing over 100 house, deep house, and drum and bass acts plus various activities, comedic shows, and art installations to enjoy. Immerse yourself in the great outdoors of Middle Earth by camping with other festival goers; there will be complete amenities for your convenience so just bring yourself and your camping gear and get ready to welcome the new year.
Eat, drink, and be merry with dozens of awesome food vendors plus camp and garden bars offering alcoholic drinks at affordable prices. And of course, there will be the usual New Years’ Eve festivities including insane fireworks and waterslides, but the main event will still be watching the first sunrise of the year from the spectacular Waiohika Estate vineyard.
Book those tickets and tick Rhythm and Vines off that bucket list – stat!
The bands will be playing at several stages located in Waiohika Estate. Ticket prices vary; there will be tickets for one, two, and three-day passes, with and without camp site access. VIP tickets offering various perks will also be offered.
Festival attendees are encouraged to make use of the bus services being offered, which can take you to and from various pickup points in Gisborne to Waiohika Estate every day during Rhythm and Vines.
Gisborne is a small city, so the demand for public transportation isn’t as high as other places. Getting around on foot is fairly easy, and the main mode of public transport here is the city bus which has 133 stops throughout the city.
The festival grounds will have designated areas for camping, just bring your own camping equipment, which is ideal for attendees who wish to stay close to all the shows. Keep in mind that the maximum camp site size is 7m by 6m, and only air mattresses or camping rolls will be permitted within the tents.
Otherwise, hotels and hostels in Gisborne is another option. Check out the map below for all the Airbnb’s and hotels in the area. Campervans are also permitted in certain areas within Gisborne.
Gisborne is famous worldwide for its world-class wine, cider, and beers. The Stout Street Saturday farmers’ market is highly recommended for its excellent food and libations. Wine lovers will go nuts at the many vineyards here, although Gibsorne is most famous for its premium Chardonnay.
If you love the outdoors, you’ll go crazy with all the natural attractions you can find here. Hike up Mount Hikurangi, the highest non-volcanic mountain North Island at 1,752 meters high. Other popular outdoor activities include surfing and fishing.
Rhythm and Vines will be held from December 28, 2018, to January 1, 2019.
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