Farewell the decade at New Zealand's premier New Year's music festival in Gisborne. First place to welcome in the first sunrise of the new decade. Rhythm and Vines is a three day international music festival held in Gisborne , New Zealand across December 29th to the 31st every year. It is the first festival in the world to welcome in the first sunrise of the new year. The festival was founded in 2003 by University of Otago friends Hamish Pinkham , Tom Gibson , and Andrew Witters. They wanted to hold an event for their university friends to bring in the New Year in a safe and beautiful location with entertainment from up-and-coming and established New Zealand musicians. The festival has been held each year at Waiohika Estate , which was originally Witters family home , but is now run as a full time event centre by the Rhythm Group.