Here is our New Zealand travel music playlist, compiled with a little help from Kiwi travel & music journalist extraordinaire Zoe Macfarlane. For this playlist, we ventured deep into the music that New Zealand and Maori culture has to offer. The country has such a rich resource of music, you might be surprised by how many hugely international musicians they have.
On this playlist, you can hear that New Zealanders are an uncompromising bunch. There’s no manufactured, fast-food style music here. All the acts here are fiercely independent, from Lorde who was just 16 when she wrote ‘Royals’ and burst onto the global stage, to old greats like the Finn brothers, who have been churning out classics in bands like Split Enz and Crowded House for decades.
Through cultural respect, the New Zealand system is equally admirable of indigenous music. There is huge crossover between these cultures and that of the more recent settlers but still, a bespoke pacific islanders and Maori scene exists. Musicians like Aaradhna and Nesian Mystik exist as a mainstay in the New Zealand charts and are multi-award winners.
Take a listen to this amazing music culture and enjoy this travel music playlist whilst you tour the island they call Aotearoa. Through their openness to diversity, they have created one of the most interesting music scenes across the globe.