Top 10 things to do this summer

by India Hendrikse / 28 December, 2017


TSB Bowl of Brooklands, Pukekura Park, New Plymouth, Fri 16-Sun 18 Mar, 2018

Immerse yourself in three days of music, dance and the arts at WOMAD, an international festival that aims to unite talent and people from all over the world. The all-ages celebration includes a wonderful array of musicians, such as sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar, indie-folk musician Aldous Harding, performance artist Jojo Abot and Tuareg guitar masters Tinariwen. Accommodation fills up quickly, so nab your place now.

Art Loves You

Tauranga Art Gallery, from Sat 24 Feb, 2018

Tauranga Art Gallery is dedicating its space to interactive, contemporary art exhibition Art Loves You. A feature is US-based artist Brian Knep’s ‘Healing Pools’ (right). 

Katchafire and The Black Seeds

Mount Park, Mt Maunganui, Sat 30 Dec

Two bands synonymous with summer. Catch Katchafire and The Black Seeds (left) as part of their summer tour. It’s the perfect way to chill before a big New Year’s Eve.

The Mount Comedy Festival

Totara St, Mt Maunganui, Thu 11-Sat 13 Jan, 2018

Some of the biggest names in New Zealand comedy come to The Mount. From Urzila Carlson (right) to Ben Hurley, sign yourself up for a belly laugh.


Road to Rhythm, Coroglen feat. Wilkinson

The Coroglen Tavern, Thu 28 Dec.

Before you hit up Rhythm and Vines, make sure you stop off at The Coroglen Tavern on your roadie there. English DJ Wilkinson will be playing some tunes.

TSB Festival of Lights

Pukekura Park, New Plymouth, until Mon 5 Feb, 2018

During the summer months, New Plymouth’s Pukekura Park transforms into an illuminated wonderland with multi-coloured lights filling the botanic surrounds. Evening entertainment includes Twilight Movies and concerts from Mel Parsons, Caravana Sun and Fables, while the daytime programme has plenty of activities for kids and families.

Beast of a Feast

Soper Reserve, Mt Maunganui, Thu 4 Jan, 2018

Craft beer and street food come together in this one-day festival. Celebrate the first week of the year by enjoying live music, meeting beer brewers at the The Beer Affair tent, and trying your luck in The Great Pickle Eating Competition. Grab a sausie and beer and put your feet up. 

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

Albert Park, Auckland, Mon 29 Jan, 2018

It’s the hipster’s festival of choice, and for good reason: the indie line-up takes place in the lush surrounds of inner-city Auckland’s Albert Park and the acts are always A+. This year, get pumped to see Billie Eilish, The Internet, Mac DeMarco, Moses Sumney and more.


Tapapakanga Regional Park, Auckland, Fri 23-Sun 25 Feb, 2018

A feel-good festival set in the beautiful surrounds of Tapapakanga Regional Park. Splore combines music and art across three days: this year’s line-up includes Dizzee Rascal, Chronixx, Ria Hall, Omar with MDCL and more.


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