UB40 have announced plans to return to New Zealand for a series of vineyard gigs this summer.

The popular reggae group, whose hits include Red, Red Wine, (I Can't Help) Falling in Love and Rat in Mi Kitchen, are no strangers to these shores having played sold out shows around the country earlier this year.

The band, which features original members Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, will play three vineyards in the new year.

The show's are expected to run around two hours and will encompass hits from their celebrated, nearly four decade career.


First up is Martinborough's Luna Estate on January 2, next is Queenstown's Waitiri Creek on January 5 before wrapping things up on January 7 at the Villa Maria Estate in Blenheim.

Earlybird tickets for Jacman Entertainment and Eventfinda subscribers go on sale 9am Monday 29, August. The general public sale starts 9am Wednesday 31, August via Eventfinda or by calling 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)