Tis the season to be festive and Spiritual Seekers Guide to Queenstown & Surrounds has the low down on the South Islands top Summer Season Wellness and Spiritual Festivals…..
Hit the trail these warmer months to lose yourself and then come back around again!
This festival guide is by no means comprehensive of the events and festivals out there in our fair country over the summer season, we concentrate on festivals which share a sustainable ‘green’ message, along with opportunities for growth and exploring our potential. Connection is a a big theme. Some smaller music festivals are slotted in between which focus on more underground ‘conscious’ music, connecting festival goers in a love of music. Local festivals are explored as well as those bigger ones further to the North. Some festivals honor the changing seasons in a way which connects us to the Earth – strengthening the shared message of sustainability and appreciating our environment and the opportunity to co-create an incredible vibration lifting experience with the landscape as backdrop. These festivals are about connection, going back to our true selves in harmony with the planet, with ourselves and with each other.
Photo: Kate Roberge
Evolve Festival – Nelson – 26th-28th of January 2020
This first one is gearing up for 2020 so isn’t exactly on for this summer festival circuit, but it is well worth a mention and gives you plenty of time to get your tickets and plan a trip to beautiful Nelson next summer!
Based in one of the most epic summer spots in the whole of New Zealand, Evolve festival has clearly been doing just that – evolving as the concept has changed and grown over its short history. Started over 20years ago when it was known as the Festival of Opportunities, since 2010 with new directors on board the festival became Evolve and its premise was set in an understanding of Kaupapa (set of values) based around the idea that in order to transform the planet, we must first transform ourselves. Through conscious expanding workshops, body movement and live music as well as a chance to connect with other like minded festival goers, Evolve festival is the chance to do just that….
“Evolve Festival is an celebration of old customs and new ways to transform the health and wellbeing of individuals, the community and the earth. Feed your mind, soul, heart – and tummy! Share knowledge about sustainable living, hear inspirational leaders and visionary pioneers – and dance, laugh and play. With so much on offer, there is something for everyone. From 2018, Evolve Festival will be every other year- Jan 26-28th 2018 and the next event in Jan 2020!”
Luminate Festival – Cannan Downs – 30th Jan-6th of February 2019
Luminate is well known as the biggest and most heralded conscious, alternative festival in New Zealand held every second year with this year being a ‘Luminate’ year. It is also the longest festival and encompasses Waitangi Day celebrations. There is something for everyone, from families to an older generation and of course, young festival die hards. Its the type of festival which creates lasting change within participants due to what is shared over 6 days of incredible festival workshops, music acts and inspirational experiences on offer.
“Luminate has been going strong for a number of years with a loyal following of approx. 5000 attendees every second year. It is the largest alternative conscious festival in New Zealand. With cutting-edge live and electronic music, performing and visual arts, inspirational workshops and a strong focus on environmental initiatives, Luminate heads the festival circuit with 6 days of incredible offerings to change your life and inspire you for the year to come.”
Biophilia Festival – Moke Lake, Queenstown – 22nd-24th of February
Biophilia, beloved by Queenstown locals, this one truly represents a festival for the people, by the people. Started a mere three years back in a place called Paradise – Biophilia has shifted to another ‘Heaven on Earth’ location nestled in the Southern Alps – Moke Lake. Taking place late Summer of February 22-24th, with the lake and mountains as a backdrop, Biophilia provides the ultimate Summer playground with three days of camping, plenty of Yoga, Ecstatic Dance, Movement, Acro-Yoga, Parkour and general action orientated activities taking place in this years ‘Exhale’ arena while Meditation, Yin, Breathing, Listening, Learning activities will be held in the ‘Inhale’ space. Markets, wild and wonderful bands and musicians, performers and educators share their gifts to build an awakening festival experience on the back doorstep on one of the most beautiful places in the world. This year the first official ‘Little Seekers Family Festival Program’ is sure to be a hit with the many families and young kids who attend.
The term ‘Biophilia’ has its meaning associated with the innate human need to be among Nature, to feel the grass on your feet and the sunshine on your face and to breathe in the mountain air. This festival encompasses those values to do with honoring the planet with sustainability and ‘leave only footprints’ being key messages of this wilderness loving community.
Earthrites Music Festival – March 8th -10th 2019
This ones for the ravers out there who love their underground conscious, ground breaking music gigs. The huge lineup of musicians and acts come together for a frenzy of an early Autumn celebration in the stunning Golden Bay. End your Summer by dancing non stop for two days in one of the most beautiful spots New Zealand has to offer…Kiwi festival sounds, sand, sea, pohutakawas flowering, whats more Kiwi Summer then that?
“A 50 hour music extravaganza at the Blue Hole, Golden Bay, New Zealand. Celebrate the summer solstice with some of the best local talent, djs, producers, solo acts & bands. Support NZ Music … Party hard, look after each other, leave only footprints. This is a limited capacity event, so don’t leave it to the last minute. Early Bird Tickets are now selling. Summer Sale from $75 (from Feb 4th). Last Chance Tickets $85 (from Mar 1st). Limited Door Sales $100.”
Tui Farm Folk Festival – Tapawera, Nelson area – 29th Dec 2018 -2nd of Jan 2019
Again in the stunning vicinity of the Golden Bay area, this fun, family friendly folk fest has been created by the Tui Farm community, of ‘Tui Balm’ success. A well loved folk festival that has had old friends and new friends catching up over their enjoyment of folk, this festival is family friendly and as a bonus, friendly and well behaved dogs are also invited. With water holes for swimming, tranquil camping spots and a family atmosphere, the Tui Farm Folk Festival is a relaxed way to see in the new year.
Tuki Festival – Glendhu Bay, Wanaka – 10th Feb 2019
A sweet lil day festival set in Glendhu Bay, Lake Wanaka, and once known as the ever popular Rippon festival – re-imagined and bought back to life so that you can once more enjoy superb quality music set against the backdrop of vineyards and Lake Wanaka – with Summer weather, local community, music, food and drink this one day event is an epic way to celebrate the goodness of summer right in the depth of the warmer months.