Here at Europcar, we love hitting the open road and exploring the best bits of our beautiful country. And summer is a better time than any to do just that, not least because of the numerous fun festivals going on up and down this beautiful land. One of our favourites is the legendary Rhythm and Vines festival, held in the beautiful surrounds of the Waiohika Estate in Gisborne. But if you’re further south, never fear – Rhythm and Alps, the Vines’ South Island counterpart, is held in the spectacular Cardrona Valley, just south of Wanaka.
Fancy a set of tickets to see your favourite bands play at New Zealand’s biggest and best festivals? To celebrate the arrival of summer, we’ve got a pair of passes to give away for Rhythm and Vines and Rhythm and Alps. Simply enter our competition below and get ready to bring in the New Year with a bang!
Make the most of summer with Europcar New Zealand
What are you waiting for? The sun is shining, the beers are chilling and the bands are setting up – time to grab a cheap New Zealand car rental and get on the road for a summer to remember…
Rhythm and Vines has been attracting huge international headliners and the best local talent for over a decade, and 2014 will be no different. Join acts and DJs including Bastille, Chase and Status and Zane Lowe for the ultimate New Year festival experience.
Not to be outdone, South Islanders can enjoy their very own New Year festival at Rhythm and Alps. Nestled between the Pisa Plateau and the renowned Cardrona Ski resort, the headliners from Rhythm and Vines are happily making the trip to the stunning south, where they’ll be joined by Kiwi favourites, Shapeshifter.
Ready to bag yourself a set of tickets? We’re giving away one 3-day double general admission ticket for Rhythm and Vines and one 3-day double general admission ticket for Rhythm and Alps – meaning you and a mate have the chance of spending New Year at the festival of your choice – on us!
To enter, simply leave a comment at the end of this blog post telling us which of our two festivals you want to attend, which act you want to see most, and why.
The competition closes on Sunday 7th December – so you’d better move fast if you want to bag yourself a summer like no other!
New Zealand’s best festivals
No matter what time of year it is, there’s always something exciting going on somewhere in New Zealand. And although we may not get quite as much sunshine as our neighbours across the ditch, here in New Zealand we’re lucky enough to have a compact and spectacular country that lends itself perfectly to exploring in our own set of wheels – meaning we can fill our diaries with an array of weird and wonderful festivals all year round.
So if you don’t make it to Rhythm and Vines or Rhythm and Alps this year, don’t worry – there’s always next summer. And until then there’s plenty to keep you entertained…
- January – Buskers Festival, Christchurch
Street and stage performers from all over the world descend on Christchurch to show off their skills.
- January – Wings over Wairarapa, Wairarapa
A 4-day air exhibition showcasing the best bits of modern aviation.
- February – Napier Art Deco Weekend, Napier
Go back in time to the 1930s as you swagger through Napier in true Great Gatsby style.
- February – Golden Shears, Masterton
The world’s premier shearers and woolhandlers will be anything but sheepish as they battle it out for the coveted Golden Shears crown.
- February – Marlborough Wine & Food Festival, Marlborough region
Sample your fill of world-renowned wines and local produce at New Zealand’s longest running wine festival.
- February/March – New Zealand International Arts Festival, Wellington
Over three weeks of dance, theatre, music, film and visual arts take over the nation’s capital.
- March – Pasifika Festival, Auckland
Over 1000 performers showcase Pacific Island culture with traditional performances, food and crafts on offer.
- March – Wild Foods Festival, Hokitika
Be adventurous and sample some wild and wonderful foods from bugs to worms and even scorpions.
- March – Te Matatini, Christchurch
Be mesmerised by New Zealand and Australia’s best kappa haka teams and immerse yourself in Māori culture.
- March – Homegrown, Wellington
See the best of New Zealand’s Homegrown talent in the scenic surrounds of Wellington’s Waterfront.
- May – Bluff Oyster Festival, Bluff
Get your hands on some of the South Island’s best seafood, washed down with plenty of fine wine and entertainment.
- June – Queenstown Winter Festival – Queenstown
Head to New Zealand’s very own winter wonderland for ten days of parties, performances and fireworks to kick off the snow season.
- June/July – Matariki Festival, Auckland
Celebrate the Māori New Year with a month-long festival of food, culture and entertainment.
- July – Chocolate Carnival, Dunedin
Sweet-toothed travellers will love this chocolate themed festival, sponsored by Cadbury.
- August – Wellington on a Plate, Wellington
Go on a gastronomic journey of New Zealand with Wellington’s huge celebration of all things food and drink.
- September – Scallop Festival, Whitianga
There’s cooking demonstrations and fine local food aplenty in this seafood lovers’ paradise.
- October – Taranaki Wave Classic, Taranaki
One of the biggest windsurfing events in the Southern Hemisphere, don your wetsuit or simply watch the action unfold.
- November – Canterbury A&P Show, Canterbury
Canterbury’s biggest farm show provides plenty of family fun with entertainment, animal shows, exhibits and competitions.
- December – Rhythm and Alps, Wanaka
Running at the same time as the legendary Rhythm and Vines, this is the only two-day music festival in the South Island.
- December – Rhythm and Vines, Gisborne
The original and best New Year’s festival, attracting big international names as well as top local talent.
Fancy a pair of tickets to Rhythm and Vines or Rhythm and Alps? Leave a comment below telling us which festival you want to attend, which act you’re looking forward to seeing most, and why, and you’ll be in with a chance of bagging a double general admission ticket for you and a friend!
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