The Best NZ Summer Music Festivals

The Best NZ Summer Music Festivals

Written by Kimberly

Summer is an exciting time in New Zealand. Not only does the weather draw everyone outdoors, but January makes it a prime travel destination since it is early winter in many other countries. And no summer excursion is complete without motorhome hire in New Zealand and some amazing music. But, where does a vacationer go to find the best music festivals in New Zealand?

Rhythm & Alps

Rhythm & Alps is the top music festival in New Zealand. About 10,000 attendees voyage to see more than 50 acts (international and local). The event is so huge that it has four stages for performances of different types. Held the last weekend of the year, the campground is considered a three-day party to bring the year to a close with a large, diverse line-up. Being a camping festival makes it a perfect match for motorhome trips.

R&A is a licensed festival that has three bars to serve beer, wine and cocktails, as well as more than 15 vendors offering a variety of foods.

Nearby Sightseeing

There is more than just three days of music to enjoy during the visit. The festival site is in the Southern Alps, in the Cardrona Valley. It is surrounded by mountains and streams, and just a short drive from Lake Wanaka. Due to its venue being in such a beautiful location, R&A dedicates itself towards creating a zero-waste festival.

VIP Style

To upgrade the experience, there are limited VIP tickets available which will grant access to bars with beers, wines and cocktails not otherwise available, private portaloos, hosts, games, phone charging, run-ins with hair care and an excellent view of the main stage.

Roughing It

If you haven’t planned ahead and hired a motorhome, grab a tent and head closer to the action, the on-site campground also offers great times. There is a shop with phone charging, access to the river, hot showers, even complimentary drinking water. Tents are available for rent, should you not have one of our own. Another option available – teepee! These come with an air mattress and an LED light.


R&A is the top rock, indie, country music festival New Zealand has to offer in the summertime. It is an excellent match for those who enjoy travel, music and camping. This festival is the best summer festival New Zealand has to offer, and is perfect to attend by motorhome.