One of the most fundamental parts of any road trip is the playlist. Aside from the itinerary and snacks, it is one of the first things that I plan out.
A New Zealand road trip wouldn’t be complete without these great kiwi tunes.
So True – The Black Seeds
With its kiwi infused reggae beats and a catchy chorus, it’s not hard to sing along to this summer classic, even if the sun isn’t shining.
The Otherside – Breaks co-op
With local legend, Zane Lowe making up part of this trio, the Otherside is a laid-back beach vibe, perfect for cruising around the coastline of NZ.
Wandering Eye – Fat Freddy’s Drop
Voted one of NZ’s best songs ever and a great music video, set in a fish n chips shop in Grey Lynn, the eclectic sound of dub, reggae and jazz makes a perfect NZ song.
Pressure Man – The Feelers
Christchurch pop rockers The Feelers has a massive hit with Pressure Man, that even featured in the hit film “Save The Last Dance”. Great drum beats and guitars solos to get you in the mood for driving those long windy roads.
K – The Tutts
A famous student anthem with a great catchy guitar, pretty short and sweet but with a rapid beat for driving along to.
Royals – Lorde
NZ’s famous daughter who has cracked the global music charts, Lorde’s debut song pretty much sums up the no-nonsense attitude of Kiwi’s and their part in the world.
How Bizarre – OMC
One hit wonders OMC released this classic summer anthem in 1996, and it is Polynesian pop with a twist, with rap, but Spanish flavour makes a great Kiwi song.
April Sun in Cuba – Dragon
70’s rock band Dragon, originated in Auckland but moved to Sydney (with Aussie’s claiming the group as an Australian band!) and had their biggest hit with April Sun In Cuba. Another great classic summer track, known by all Kiwis.
My Delirium – Ladyhawke
New Wave singer-songwriter Ladyhawke had a successful release of My Delirium, with its indie electronic, feels and pop chorus and the music video even includes her driving along singing, so has to make it!
My House – Kids of 88
The breakthrough track for new wave duo Kids of 88 reminds me of nights out in the student town of Dunedin and have a real pop feel to it to bop along to.
Not Many – Scribe
One of the most famous rappers to come out of NZ, Scribe is of Samoan descent with a five times platinum album, Not Many is the third highest selling single in New Zealand in the 2000s and have to make any kiwi playlist.
Like Water – Ladi6
Samoan descent hip-hop artist Ladi6 spent her teenage years in Africa giving her a unique sound of heavy beats and her soulful voice in this hit song from her multi-platinum album. Also the cousin of Scribe (above)
Get Away – Katchafire
Legendary roots reggae band Katchafire were highly popular in the early 00s releasing two huge albums and still going after almost 20 years. Get Away is about getting lost in your favourite place, so is perfect for a road trip.
Don’t Dream It’s Over – Crowded House
The Finn brothers are one of NZ’s famous musical sons and with many great tracks, Don’t Dream Its Over should remind you to live in the moment of the road trip.
One Day – Opshop
Not only does this song melt my heart and voted NZ song of the year in 2008, but this song from alt-rockers is all about connections and sure you will be some fantastic Kiwis on your travels!
Check out our kiwi playlist on Spotify here