- Please note R&V is strictly R18.
- Each ticket must have the name of each attendee. Name change fees apply.
- Rhythm and Vines Campgrounds open on December 28. Must hold valid camping pass.
Click on the appropriate topic below to hopefully see an answer to your question. If your question still isn't answered, get in touch with us via the CONTACT FORM at the bottom of the page.
+ RHYTHM AND VINES 2017
WHAT IS RHYTHM AND VINES?
Rhythm and Vines is a New Year's festival held each year from December 28th -January 1st in Gisborne, New Zealand. It is famous for being one of the first places in the world to welcome the first sunrise of the new year.
We are in the midst of planning our 16th episode, and we can tell you that Rhythm and Vines will again be the best damn New Year's experience possible. Our new festival layout sees our capacity strictly limited to 20,000 people, so we encourage you to purchase tickets as soon as possible to avoid missing out. Last year the festival sold out including all camping. Plus, the earlier you buy, the more you save.
We again will be inviting over 100 international and local artists to perform on 4 stages and will be providing a top line production. The festival experiences will be paramount so we will be continuing to broaden the festival scope with the likes of Activities, Comedy, Art installations and of course ensuring you are well fed with our range of delicious food vendors.
Awesome new camp bars have been introduced with drinks at affordable prices (beers starting from $4 during the day at our campsite bars). There is no BYO alcohol anymore in our Campgrounds, you will need to purchase alcohol onsite.
And of course, we will be up to our usual tricks with waterslides, NYE fireworks shows, and of course what will always be the main event, watching that first sunrise of 2018.
Please note: intoxicated persons will not be allowed into the venue. No refunds will be provided to persons disallowed entry due to intoxication. So please drink responsibly and look after your mates.
+ YOUR TICKET
I NEED A COPY OF MY TICKET, SO HOW DO I GET ONE?
Your Rhythm & Vines ticket was purchased or registered via our ticketing platform EVENTBRITE. First search your email for Eventbrite. Check your junk/spam folder.
If you can't find it. Then:
- log into your Eventbrite account.
- Go to "Tickets" from your account menu
- Click "Print Tickets.
Can't find them or not sure if you have an Eventbrite account? Just enter your email address here: http://www.eventbrite.com/gettickets.
Failing that, contact our customer services team and one of our R&V Angels will get you sorted.
For more troubleshooting info, click here
If you purchased via one of our registered R&V Ambassadors, please contact the Ambassador direct or email us at email@example.com and provide us with as much information as possible. We distribute Ambassador tickets at the end of each month.
+ General Admission Pass Questions
WHAT DOES MY GENERAL ADMISSION PASS GET ME?
Your General Admission pass gets you access to the Rhythm and Vines Festival, starting from 2pm on Dec 29, through till sunrise on Jan 1. Single day General Admission tickets are also available later in the year pending availability.
WHAT DOES TIER 1, TIER 2 ETC MEAN?
Rhythm and Vines operates a tiered ticketing system, rewarding those who buy early with discounted tickets. Each tier has a set allocation of tickets, once this allocation is exhausted, it goes up to the next Tier. The sooner you buy, the more you save. Get it?
3 DAY PASSES Top50: $150 SOLD OUT Top500: $175 PRESALE: $210 SOLD OUT Tier 1: $260 Tier 2: $260 Tier 3: $285: Final Release: $295
WHAT TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AND WHEN?
From as early as January, you will be able to purchase your Rhythm & Vines 3 Day GA Festival Pass and your Bass, Mid, Sundown, Treble, Rhythm and Premium Onsite Camping passes.
Single Day tickets go onsale later in the year.
- R&V 3 Day GA Festival Pass, 3 Day Vintage Club Premium Pass or Single Day Passes
- R&V 3 Day GA Festival Pass + Camping (Bass Camp, Mid Camp, Sundown Camp, Treble Camp, Rhythm Camp)
- R&V 3 Day Vintage Club VIP Premium Pass + Premium Camping
- R&V 3 Day Vintage Club VIP Premium Pass or Single Day Vintage Club Premium Passes
- Accommodation Packages (Glamping, Teepees, Hub, Hotel & Motel Packages)
There is a huge variety of accommodation for those coming to Rhythm & Vines. This includes accommodation provided by R&V and also a significant amount of third party accommodation including hotels, motels, houses and other campsites. We recommend visiting the local Gisborne i-Site website for further details.
I WANT TO PURCHASE TICKETS FOR MY GROUP OF FRIENDS HOWEVER NOT SURE OF THEIR DETAILS OR IF THEY’RE ALL COMING. HOW CAN I GET AROUND THIS?
We strongly recommend having all the details of your friends and making sure they are all attending the festival before purchasing tickets. There are no refunds.
However, if you purchase a ticket for a friend and you spell their name wrong or they want to pass that ticket onto someone else, you can order a name change on that ticket. More information below under Name Changes.
WHEN WILL MY TICKET BE SENT OUT?
You should receive an email with a PDF of your ticket immediately following the completion of your purchase. Sometimes these can get blocked by spam filters, therefore tickets are also available to print off from your Eventbrite ticketing account.
IS THERE A LIMIT AS TO HOW MANY TICKETS I CAN PURCHASE?
Yes, you can purchase up to 2 tickets under one account. This is to help avoid spamming/scamming of tickets.
I’M HAVING ISSUES WITH MY TICKET PURCHASE ON THE EVENTBRITE WEBSITE?
Contact Eventbrite directly here. Failing that, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can look into it.
HOW DO I CHANGE CAMPSITES OR ADD CAMPING TO MY TICKET?
If you would like to change campsites or have bought your festival pass already and now want to add camping, there is a quick and easy way to do so.
Just follow the steps below to transfer your ticket.
- Log into your Eventbrite account.
- Select the ticket you would like to transfer too.
- Select 'Transfer Ticket' on the top right hand corner of the ticket.
- Select new ticket and pay the difference.
A small fee may apply.
If you purchased earlier in the year at the discounted Tier price, email us once you have transferred and we can manually refund the difference to your credit card once you have transferred.
+ VINTAGE CLUB PREMIUM QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A VINTAGE CLUB PREMIUM PASS?
A Vintage Club Premium Pass is your ticket to a premium Rhythm and Vines experience. In addition to General Admission access to the festival, all Vintage Club Premium Pass holders gain exclusive access to the following benefits*:
- Main Vintage Club VIP bar + viewing platform at Vines Stage.
- Viewing platform at the Rhythm Supertop Stage
- Experiential cocktail bars located across the site
- Flushing toilets
- Priority check-in and express lanes at main bars
*subject to change
HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR TICKET TO VINTAGE CLUB PREMIUM?
You can either follow the instructions above by transferring your ticket to a 3 Day Vintage Club Premium Pass.
If you wish to add Vintage Club Premium pass to your Bass, Mid, Sundown, Treble or Rhythm Camp pass, purchase your Vintage Club VIP upgrade only here. Once paid, one of our team will manually transfer your ticket in Eventbrite to include Vintage Club Premium. You will be issued a new ticket and receive a notification from Eventbrite once this has been done. Please allow up to 2-3 working days for this to be processed.
+ BASS, MID, SUNDOWN, TREBLE + RHYTHM CAMPING QUESTIONS
Your Bass, Mid, Sundown, Treble and Rhythm Camping ticket entitles you to camp onsite for up to 4 days from the December 28 to January 1. Refer to Premium Camping questions down the page for Premium Campers.
WHAT IS BASS, MID, SUNDOWN, TREBLE + RHYTHM CAMPING?
Camping in amongst the vines at Rhythm and Vines is an experience like no other. You will also have free access to the camp Garden Bars, Onsite Toilets and Shower Blocks and full use of facilities located across the site including food vendors, shaded seating areas, camp stores and a very short walk from all the stages.
WHERE IS BASS + MID CAMPING LOCATED EXACTLY?
Bass and Mid Camping is located within our beautiful Waiohika Campgrounds on Waiohika Estate, conveniently on the doorstep of the festival itself. Situated within the vines, the Onsite Campground is a unique location to call home for the three days of R&V (four nights camping).
Treble Camping is located a slight distance from the festival site (5min walk max). Super close to the carpark and far enough to get a good nights sleep should you hit the hay early.
Rhythm Camping is located opposite the Rhythm Supertop overlooking the Rhythm Arena.
Sundown Camping is located opposite Treble camp surrounded by Vines.
WHAT ARE THE OPENING TIMES FOR ONSITE CAMPING?
Onsite camping will open for check-in at 9am on December 28 and you must vacate by 4pm on January 1. Please note organisers reserve the right to alter these times.
WHEN I ARRIVE, WHERE DO I GO?
Entry gate is Gate D. This will be clearly signposted. Park your car in the free car park and proceed to the Camping Check in Tent (signposted). This is where you will receive your wristband for Onsite Camping. You can then proceed to your campground. Please note organisers reserve the right to alter these details.
HOW FAR IS IT FROM THE CAR PARK TO THE CAMPSITE?
Bass and Mid Camping is truly right in amongst the vines on the festival site. Expect to walk to your campsite. Depending on where your site is this may be up to 700m.
Treble and Sundown Camp is located opposite the car park. However, you will be required to check-in first, which would see you walk approximately 500m or so.
Rhythm Camping requires a further 1000m walk from festival checkin to your campsite.
Suggest you leave your bags/gear in your car, go check in then head back to your car to collect.
CAN I RETURN TO MY CAMPSITE DURING FESTIVAL HOURS?
You sure can. This is part of the attraction of the Onsite Camping experience. If you want to get away from it all for a break or a quick lie down, you’re only minutes away from your tent.
CAN I VISIT MY FRIENDS AT THE OTHER CAMPGROUNDS?
Yes. Once your tent is pitched, you can access all the campgrounds.
CAN I BRING FRIENDS BACK TO THE CAMPGROUNDS?
Access to the campgrounds will be restricted to campers only. You must have a valid R&V Onsite Camping wristband to gain access to these areas.
DO YOU ALLOW CAMPERVANS AT THE ONSITE CAMPGROUND?
No we don't. But there are accommodation facilities in Gisborne who do allow campervans. Try our neighbors Woodlands Camping email@example.com for options.
IS THERE A RESTRICTION ON TENT SIZES?
Small tents are better suited to the layout of the vines – single room, two-three person tents are ideal. There is very little space for larger family sized tents and this will be restricted for use by large groups. The maximum camp site size is mostly 7m x 6m because of the vines configuration and it is expected that a minimum of eight campers are accommodated in a space of this size. Three – four small tents fit into this space.
We do not permit metal head hammers for getting these tent pegs in. Rubber, wood, or plastic hammers or mallets only.
CAN I BRING FOOD INTO THE CAMPSITES?
You can bring a reasonable quantity of snacks / food that doesn’t require cooking and unopened non-alcoholic canned drinks limited to six per person.
CAN I BRING ALCOHOL INTO THE CAMPSITES?
No. Our liquor licence does NOT allow BYO alcohol (bring your own alcohol). Like last year, our awesome Camp Bars will provide drinks at near wholesale prices, i.e. $3.75 for a beer. The camp bars will be open from 10am till 4pm (subject to final licence approval). The Festival bars located within the festival site open from 2pm.
CAN I TAKE ALCOHOL BACK TO MY TENT FROM THE CAMP BARS?
Due to our licensing, alcoholic beverages will be required to be consumed in the licenced bar areas and won't be able to be taken back to your tents.
IS THERE SECURITY WITHIN THE CAMPGROUNDS?
Yes. Security will be present at all times within the campgrounds & will be checking accreditation, performing bag searches and roaming the campgrounds.
ONE WAY DOOR POLICY
This year, due to the recent change in liquor licensing laws, there is a one way door policy between the R&V festival site and the R&V Onsite campgrounds. From 12am on the first two nights of the festival, and from 2:30am on NYE night, there will be no access back to the festival stages from the campgrounds. If you plan on watching the sunrise from the vines stage on the morning of the 1st, make sure you remember to grab some warm clothes before the 2:30am cut off.
WHAT TYPE OF BEDDING CAN I BRING?
Foam mattresses are not permitted as they pose a potential fire hazard. Air mattresses and camping rolls are best suited to the onsite camping environment.
+ PREMIUM CAMPING QUESTIONS
This year, if you are wanting a premium camping experience, we recommend you purchasing your Vintage Club Premium Pass + Premium Camping. This provides you with access to our Premium Campground opposite our Glamping and Teepee village. Here you will access to our premium shower and toilet facilities.
Our premium camping is strictly limited to 800 people. All of our premium campers also gain access to Vintage Club Premium services across the festival.
+ TEPEE QUESTIONS
The ultimate eco-friendly camping experience run by Tepee Life. The handmade teepees are created from recycled corporate advertising banners, giving each one a unique look and feel. A stay in the Tepee Life village gives you a whole new festival camping experience.
Staying with us in the R&V Tepee Village, you join a warm, friendly tribe with exclusive access to:
- Your very own handmade Tepee (1-4 person medium 3.4m diameter tepee or 2-6 person large 5m diameter teepee)
- An exclusive village campsite set close to the main event, with access to hot showers and toilets.
- Covered foam mattress for each villager.
- Bring your own sleeping bag or duvet and your favourite pillow and whatever else you need to pimp out your tepee
- A communal undercover chill out area with sofas, day beds and easy beats so you can enjoy relaxing with other villagers
- Low bedside table
- Solar powered light
- Phone charging access through the Teepee Life onsite office.
- All Tepee packages include the added benefits of Vintage Club Premium at the festival such as Vintage Club VIP Bar, viewing platforms, priority queues and more
The real buzz is the Tepee Village as a whole - a community of like-minded festival peeps, a home away from home that you’ll always remember, with an eco edge to boot.
Remember to pack some wild and fruity outfits and other essentials such as torch, sunblock, togs & towel, great attitude and a smile on your dial.
+ GLAMPING QUESTIONS
Glamping is your ticket to a luxurious camping experience at Rhythm and Vines.
- Your very own Glamping tent (2-4 person tents available)
- Mattresses, pillows, sheets and duvets provided
- Close location to premium showers and toilets
- All packages include the added benefits of Vintage Club Premium at the festival such as Vintage Club VIP Bar, viewing platforms, priority queues and more
+ HUBS QUESTIONS
Cute little hubs provide you and your friend (or for yourself) with a cozy, covered double bed nestled on the hillside in General Camping. There are two types of Hubs - Essential and Deluxe.
Deluxe Hubs include duvet, sheets, pillows for two, 2 x camp chairs and handy solar light. Essential hubs includes the essentials, which is the Hub and a double mattress..
+ HOTEL AND MOTEL PACKAGE QUESTIONS
WHAT IS HOTEL AND MOTEL PACKAGES? We try and make coming to Gisborne as easy as possible, especially for those whose camping days are numbered and need the added comfort of a Hotel or Motel.
We partner with the Emerald Hotel, the Portside Hotel and a range of excellent local motels and motor inns to offer the R&V Hotel and Motel Packages. Packages include 3-4 nights accommodation, your R&V Vintage Club Premium passes, and bus passes.
+ NAME CHANGES
WHAT IS A NAME CHANGE/TICKET TRANSFER?
From July 1, you will be required to pay a name change fee of $25.
A name change allows you to change the name on your ticket. The name and details on the ticket must match the name and details on the ticket holders ID exactly to gain entry into the festival.
After Dec 1st name changes cost $40.
Please note: During high volume periods, it may take time for the Name Change to be processed and the new person to receive their confirmation.
Any name online changes received after 27 December will be done on site at Rhythm & Vines. Name change requests received onsite will cost $50.
You can not sell the camping or Vintage Club portion of the ticket separately.
HOW DO I CHANGE NAMES?
Register for a name change here
All you need to do is fill out a short form to register for a name change and pay the name change fee. Once the details of both the ticket holder and the ticket buyer are recieved the ticket will be transferred and the two attendees will be notified.
+ FESTIVAL INFO & HOURS
WHAT DAYS ARE THE FESTIVAL ON AND WHAT TIME WILL YOU OPEN AND CLOSE?
The Rhythm and Vines festival kicks off on the 29th December with camping opening up on 28th December. The festival goes through until the early hours of 1st January. See below dates and times.
- 29th December 2017: 2PM gates open – 12:00AM gates close
- 30th December 2017: 2PM gates open – 12:00AM gates close
- 31st December 2017: 2PM gates open – 6:00AM gates close
Please note organisers reserve the right to alter these times.
WHAT TIME DOES CHECK-IN OPEN AND CLOSE?
- 28th December 2017: 12pm – 10pm
- 29th December 2017: 12pm – 10pm
- 30th December 2017: 12pm – 10pm
- 31st December 2017: 12pm – 11pm
Please note organisers reserve the right to alter these times.
WHEN WILL THE LINEUP BE ANNOUNCED?
The first release of acts will be released on August 16 2017. Join the event page here. Second release is late-mid October.
CAN I BRING ALCOHOL AND FOOD INSIDE THE RHYTHM & VINES FESTIVAL?
Rhythm & Vines (including our Campsites) are a licensed premises, so no alcohol is permitted to be brought onto site. Attendees attempting to do so may be denied entry. There are plenty of bars and food vendors on site.
You can bring a reasonable quantity of snacks / food that doesn’t require cooking and unopened non-alcoholic drinking containers limited to six per person.
No glass vessels allowed on site.
No stoves or BBQs permitted due to fire risk.
No inappropriate drinking apparatuses, such as funnels, bongs, scrumpy hands etc.
Attendees must allow authorised staff to search their clothes, bags, containers or other possessions for items in violation of these conditions of entry.
No gross intoxication will be tolerated.
DO YOU ACCEPT CASH, EFTPOS OR CREDIT CARD AT YOUR STORES IN THE FESTIVAL?
No. Everything is paid for via an electronic RFID chip (AWOP) which is located on your wristband which you will be given at check in to the festival. Stations will be located all over the festival for you to top up as well as refund any money remaining.
IS THERE POWER AT THE CAMPSITES?
No, none of the campsites are powered. However, there are phone charging stations located around the festival site. Fees may apply.
WHAT IS AWOP?
AWOP (Another Way of Payment) is festival bank system Rhythm and Vines uses to keep the event cashless. This helps minimise queues at the bars and improves access control.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You can top up your wristband with cash or via Eft-pos, Visa or MasterCard at the onsite Top-Up booths (Festival Banks). The first time you top up your electronic wristband there will be a once off service fee of $5 and there is a maximum top up at any one time of $300.
WHERE CAN I TOP UP?
At various locations across the festival site. Exact locations released closer to the festival.
WHAT IF I HAVE MONEY LEFT ON MY AWOP?
Refund booths will be operating at the R&V Onsite camping on January 1st.
Refunds are also available from AWOP until March 1st. Head to the Awop website to organise your refund. Click here.
Check the details on the back of the RFID chip on the wristband. You will need to provide the Chip Number to get your refund.
+ AGE & ID
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO ATTEND R&V?
R&V is strictly R18. Anyone under this age will be denied entry.
WHAT FORMS OF ID DO YOU ACCEPT?
By LAW, the ONLY forms of ID we CAN/WILL be accepting at R&V are:
- A valid and current NZ Photo Drivers’ License
- A valid and current HANZ 18+ Card
- A valid and current NZ or overseas Passport
Expired IDs and ID such as Student IDs, credit cards, birth certificates, library cards, gun licenses will NOT be accepted. If you do not have one of the accepted forms of ID you will be refused entry.
Please note: The liquor license holder reserves the right to deny entry to any person who they suspect does not have a valid/legal form of ID or who they suspect are not of the age of 18+.
If you have been left without any of the above identification staff at the festival gate may accept:
A COPY of your birth certificate sighted by Police/ JOP with the JOP/ Police officer name and contact details clearly displayed. This must be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org before 28 Dec, and BRING THE HARD COPY with you to the festival.
+ FESTIVAL BUSES + CARPARKING
WHERE ARE THE FESTIVAL BUS PICK UPS/DROP OFFS?
R&V will provide a bus service to and from the festival site to bring people to R&V from Gisborne and back to Gisborne after the festival each night. This service will run all 3 days of the festival - 29th, 30th and 31st.
Three routes will operate a return service;
- Gisborne City (Fitzherbert Street) –> R&V
- Gisborne City (i-Site) –> R&V
- Wainui (Okitu Store) -> R&V
Additional pickup points will be:
- Kaiti School
- Gisborne Girls High School
- Lytton West Shops
Bus service from Gisborne to the festival will operate from 1:30pm to 8:30pm each day. The service will not pick up any passengers on route to the festival at any other sites outside of those listed above.
In addition, R&V will operate a scheduled bus service for onsite campers to come from R&V into Gisborne City / Beaches between 9.00am and 1.00pm each day. This will be a pay-as-you-go service. Purchase tickets from festival box office - $10 return or $5 each way but ONLY available with a campers wristband.
Post-festival bus service will be from approx 11:00pm until 1:30am on the first two nights, and until 6am on New Years Eve/New Years Day. There are three separate loading areas for patrons leaving R&V:
- Wainui (Okitu Store)
- City (Fitzherbert Street)
- City (iSite)
Advance bus tickets are onsale now. CLICK HERE
Bring the PDF Bus Ticket Confirmation to the Bus Pick Up on your phone or you can of course print off also (HINT: tidy kiwi's bring it on their phones).
- $38.00 + b/f for a 3 Day Return Pass
- $18.00 + b/f for a single Day Return Pass
Tickets purchased at Box Office / Bus pick up points will cost
- $45.00 for a 3 Day Return Pass
- $25.00 for a Day Pass
DO YOU HAVE CAR PARKING AVAILABLE?
Yes, the entrance to the car park is Gate D off Back Ormond Road, just past Grey’s Bush Reserve. The car park is alcohol-free – Police will be patrolling the site. Charges may apply for single day parking (parking is free for Onsite Campers).
Please note organisers reserve the right to alter these details.
+ PROHIBITED ITEMS
Illicit drugs or illegal substances. Fireworks. Weapons. Lasers. Alcohol. Liquids - exception: 6 x unopened non-alcoholic beverages in cans per person Mirrors larger than 10cm in diameter. BBQ’s or gas cookers of any description (this includes candles or naked flames). Material to construct fires or weapons. Drones. Metal head hammers. Inappropriate drinking apparatus, including funnels. Aerosols over 180ml Animals. Gang patches. Other dangerous items. Medications including supplements - exceptions: standard pain relief in original packaging. prescription medications must be accompanied by doctors script in bearers name, must be in original packaging, quantity only enough for the festival. Glass (including glass containers and/or drinking vessels) - exclusions: perfume bottles under 150ml and makeup under 60ml
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