South Island Summer Festivals

30 Novermber 2016

Whether you’re local, a Kiwi on holiday or visiting our beautiful country from overseas, we’re all looking forward to a stunning summer in the South Island! 

New Zealand is well known for hiking and adventure activities, but there’s also loads of summer festivals and events going on that are not to be missed! We’ve got an extensive folio of gorgeous villas, luxury lodges and boutique hotels, located in the best spots around the Island and have now made our favourite picks of festivals and events to match your holiday location this summer.

We recommend having a look through our folio here and matching your favourite accommodation options with some of the fun events we’ve hand-picked below.

Queenstown New Year’s Eve Celebrations – Free | 31 December 2016,  7.30pm-1am | Earnslaw Park

There’s no better way to ring in the New Year in Queenstown than by joining in the free celebrations down at Earnslaw Park. There’ll be a great line up of music over two stages, entertainment, food stalls and a spectacular fireworks display at midnight. We love this one for locals, families, travellers and frequent visitors!

Wanaka New Year’s Eve Celebrations – Free | 31 December 2016, 8pm-1am | Wanaka Lake Front  

If you are in Wanaka this New Year you cannot miss the fireworks display and live music down on the waterfront. Just follow the sound of music to the waterfront where you’ll find all the buzz and action.

UB40 Red Red Wine Tour – From $99 | 5 January 2017, 4-10pm | Waitiri Creek Winery, Queenstown 

Something that Kiwis do incredibly well is live music festivals in gorgeous wine regions. Why not add this day in the sun in the beautiful Gibbston Valley onto your itinerary? The original line-up of UB40 with Ali, Astro and Mickey enjoyed huge success between 1979 and 2008, with #1 albums, multiple gold and platinum selling albums, Grammy nominations, 4 worldwide #1 hits and over 70 million in sales. Now reunited again, they continue to take their smooth yet rootsy blend around the world and their live performances never fail to uplift the audience.

Gibbston Valley Winery Summer Concert – From $99 | 21 January 2017, 11am – 6pm | Gibbston Valley Winery, Queenstown 

Pack a picnic, your sun hat and sun screen and spend a day in the sun with the family listening to live music in the stunning Gibbston Valley. Featuring Bonnie Tyler, the Alan Parson Live Project and Icehouse, the line-up will have something for everyone. If you join the Gibbston Valley Wine Club you’ll also get access to the VIP tent, premium seating and access by helicopter.

Fat Freddies Drop – From $86.30 | 5 February 2017, 4.30pm | John Davies Oval – Queenstown Events Centre

Fat Freddies Drop are a Kiwi favourite! The John Davies Oval is located between the foot of the spectacular Remarkables mountain range and the shores of Lake Wakatipu. It’s central to downtown Queenstown so we highly recommend catching this if you’re staying in town over Waitangi weekend. The concert follows sold out shows earlier in the year celebrating the release of studio album BAYS across New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the UK including a sold out double hitter at the 5000 capacity O2 Academy Brixton.

NZ House & Garden Tour 2017 | 31 March 2017, 10am-4pm | Wanaka

This the perfect activity for a summer weekend away. Explore some of New Zealand’s most beautiful homes and gardens in this self-drive tour around Wanaka. There’s everything from a charming tudor style home from a young designer to a modern apartment with grand mountain views. After the tour, make time to explore Wanaka’s vineyards and local eateries. You’ll also be supporting a great cause - The NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.


There are so many golfing options this summer that we’ve made a separate blog! From competing, to volunteering at pro tournaments, through to villa and golf packages – we’ve covered it all in our blog here.