Four summer festivals in Auckland you won't want to miss

by India Hendrikse / 13 December, 2017

Sunshine, beats and good people

Wondergarden

Silo Park, Sun 31 Dec

Seedy, empty clubs are a thing of the past now that Auckland city has an annual New Year’s Eve festival. Launched this year, one-day festival Wondergarden is an all-ages (there’s a kids’ zone, too!) affair nestled within the concrete jungle that is Silo Park. Bring a picnic blanket and park up on the lawn with a cone of satay-laden fries from Double Dutch and chicken-topped waffles from Fuzzy Peach to soak in the sounds, or get up close and personal stage-front with the likes of Chelsea Jade, Nadia Reid, SWIDT, Bailey Wiley and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, to name just
a few of the acts.

Cnr Jellicoe and Beaumont St,  Wynyard Quarter

Flamingo Pier

Rangihoua Estate, Sat 3 Feb 2018

Within the native bush and olive grove of Rangihoua Estate on Waiheke Island is Flamingo Pier: a one-day festival featuring Auckland boy band Leisure and DJ sets from German disco-inspired duo Session Victim and Australian disco-house powerhouse CC:Disco!. Take Flamingo Pier’s chartered ferry over in the early afternoon and head back in the wee hours at the end of the day.

1 Gordons Rd,  Waiheke Island

Splore

Tapapakanga Regional Park, Fri 23-Sun 25 Feb 2018

After last festival’s mudslides and rain dancing, Splore-ers deserve a hefty dose of sun come February. The three-day festival, set in the beautiful surrounds of Orere’s Tapapakanga Regional Park, combines art and music – and this year’s theme encourages people to dress up to their own interpretation of ‘Mystic Ritual’. The musical line-up includes Dizzee Rascal, Omar and MdCL, Chronixx and Ria Hall. Plus, for greenies, Splore prides itself on being a mindful, sustainable festival, banning single-use cups and water bottles and introducing reusable serveware.

Deerys Rd, Orere

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

Albert Park, Mon 29 Jan 2018

From 15-year-old pop newcomer Billie Eilish to Canadian indie-pop veterans Badbadnotgood and Canadian powerhouse Mac DeMarco, Laneway 2018 is not one to miss. Alongside the incredible line-up – which is too long to list but also includes New Zealand favourite Aldous Harding and US indie-rock legends The War on Drugs – Laneway’s semi-new home at Albert Park provides plenty of shade to chill out in, a great range of food trucks and a sweet excuse to dress up as “Coachella” as you like.

Bowen Lane, central city

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