Rhythm and Vines

29 December - January 1, 2018

Rhythm and Vines

If you are looking for a truly special way to ring in the new year, then you need to consider checking out the Rhythm and Vines festival.

What is Rhythm and Vines?

Rhythm and Vines is an international music festival that spans three days. It takes place annually in Gisborne, New Zealand between December 29 and January 1. One of the unique features of this festival is that it is the first one in the world to welcome the first sunrise of the new year. The event was developed in 2003 as a way for college students to celebrate the new year in a beautiful and safe location where they could listen to and enjoy musical entertainment from up-and-coming as well as established artists. Over the past 15 years, the festival has grown exponentially and tickets for the event sell out quickly.


General admission includes access to the festival from 2:00 P.M. December 29 through sunrise on January 1. You can also purchase single-day tickets if that fits your needs better. Please note that attendees must be at least 18 years of age.

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We've picked out some awesome vehicles in different areas of New Zealand for you to look at, as well as some great articles from our blog to help inspire you to travel this summer!

More Information About the Rhythm and Vines Festival

Staying at the Festival

You have many options for staying at the festival. If you opt to stay on the grounds, you can engage in some fantastic “glamping”. This option is the perfect choice for visitors who are looking for a more luxurious experience. Tents are available for two or four people and include all the accoutrements you need for a comfortable stay at the festival, including close proximity to premium showers and toilets. If you are looking to rough it a little bit, you can rent a cozy hub that includes all the necessities you will need for your stay, including a duvet, sheets and pillows. If you are looking for a more eco-friendly place to stay, consider renting a tent made from recycled corporate advertising banners.

Staying in an RV

Perhaps the best option for staying on the festival grounds is to stay in an RV. The festival has an RV and Teepee Village set up for your convenience. The village has a place for you to park your RV and has easy access to the main event. You will also have use of hot showers, toilets, a communal area where you can visit with other people at the festival and phone charging access.

There is no better way to ring in the new year than at Rhythm and Vine. Heading there in an RV is your best bet. If you don’t have your own, consider renting one from Mighway. We have many styles and sizes, so there is surely something that will fit your needs.

Why not take one of these vehicles?


Rupert is a wonderful fully self-contained Mercedes Sprinter 6.9M 4 Berth Motor Home. It is well equipped with everything you will need and even includes if you want Surfboards/Stand-Up Paddle board kayak.


Happy Camper

This converted St Johns ambulance has been transformed into the perfect holiday van. It's unique interior has been thoughtfully designed to create optimum comfortability with everything you may need. 


Jacky's Lifestyle

Experience your dream holiday exploring beautiful New Zealand in this immaculate and luxury 2017 Swift Lifestyle Caravan. A perfect vehicle for a couple this caravan is totally self-contained. 


We used Mighway during the Lions tour and they were fantastic. Our camper was superb value and the owner was a great bloke who really helped, we even called in for a cuppa when we drove near his house a few days into our trip! Thank you so much, you made the Lions Tour memorable for us and we loved our time in NZ.

- Will M.

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