Rhythm and Vines has been delivering the ultimate New Year’s experience since 2003, and is New Zealand’s longest running music and camping festival. The stunning Waiohika Estate plays home to over 20,000 partygoers each year who have made the journey to Gisborne to celebrate New Year’s and have the time of their lives.
The stunning Waiohika Estate is situated 15-20 minutes drive outside of Gisborne. Nestled in the Waimata Valley, the venue is a truly unique festival setting unlike anywhere in the world.
Over 100 international and local acts perform across 7 stages. From some of the hottest talent in Hip Hop, Electronic Dance, Drum and Bass, Trap, Rock, R&B, Folk, Comedy you name it. The festival offers something for everyone.
CAMPING AMONGST THE VINES
15,000 campers stay onsite in amongst the vines, providing a surreal camping experience unlike no other. Friends pitching tents together surrounded by vines, bars, food trucks and music. Seven different camping zones provide unique opportunity for people to meet, party, and eventually rest before each big day celebrating the year that was. At $100 a camping pass, this works out at $25 per day. Huge value for money.
The Rhythm and Vines festival officially opens at 2pm on December 29, however, if you are one of the 15,000 onsite campers staying with us, you will be able to check-in to your campsite on December 28th.
The check-in opens at 9am on December 28th for the super keen campers. There is plenty of space and we encourage you to turn up with your friends together to ensure you get to camp alongside each other. For more more tips, click below.
MEET THE STAGES
The festival enjoys seven stages located across the site. Meet the team.
Hi. I'm what they call the main stage at R&V. A massive natural amphitheatre overlooks me, while I look back at you crazy mofos having the time of your lives. There are a few acts this year that are going to tear me a new one (looking at you SASASAS, TCHAMI x MALAA, WILKINSON, VINCE et al). But I love it, so all good. See you front left or right in the thick of it.
JAGERMEISTER presents RHYTHM STAGE
My name is Rhythm stage and I like bass music. I wanted to be called the face-melt stage but apparently that wasn't allowed. I've graduated this year from a wedding tent to a thumping open air big stage surrounded by containers and bad-ass production.
VAPO presents CELLAR STAGE
Nothing to see here, just the future dancing in a forest.
Hey dude. I'm the Garden Stage. Hola! Ha, nah man, serious vibes only here man. Acoustic singalongs, surf, ska & rock n roll baby. Love me some sick house beats too.
GIGGLE AND VINES COMEDY TENT
I am exactly what my name suggests. No joke! Well…
GEORGE FM CHILLER
The Fridge has finally had a makeover thanks to George FM. Mutton dressed as lamb etc etc. Concierge services, dirty bass lines and one hell of a time for eight people at a time. You will need to find it first.
TREBLE CAMP STAGE
Ohhh. Shhhtttt. Campers get amongst me from 10:30am till 3pm. Dance amongst the vines you crazy cats.
SPACE IBIZA RHYTHM STAGE TAKEOVER
On December 30, the Rhythm Stage at Rhythm and Vines will become a world famous party island.
A collaboration made in New Year's heaven, Space Ibiza heads to New Zealand for the first time to give festival goers a taste of Ibiza.
NEW YEAR’S COUNTDOWN
The New Year’s countdown video has become it’s own show. Masterfully edited to capture some of the year’s biggest moments, the video brings out those feels right before the countdown and fireworks show on the Vines stage.
DRESS UP DAY - DECEMBER 30
No theme, just dress as weird and wonderful as you like. Get your comrades all in theme and lose yourself for a day.
MAI FM WATERSLIDE
SLIDE YOUR WAY INTO NEXT YEAR
The venue boasts its very own waterslide. Your friendly festival waterslide is located right in the heart of the festival. Slide your way into next year, win prizes and wash away your sins.
VINTAGE CLUB VIP - RHYTHM IN STYLE
Tuck yourself away from the masses side of stage in our cosy Vintage Club VIP zone to enjoy a wider array of cocktails and beverages and VIP comforts such as flushing toilets and other premium amenities. Enjoy other perks across the festival such as viewing platforms and priority queues across the festival bars.
A TASTE OF RHYTHM
Raving to killer music all day and night is hungry work. Each year we ensure you don’t go hungry by inviting some the best of the best to satisfy all of your cravings. Over 25 food vendors and markets located in 2 main food villages, GRAND CENTRAL and VINES VILLAGE.