Situated in a beguiling bay on the shores of Tapapakanga regional Park is a boutique music and arts festival like no other.
An entertainment extravaganza and New Zealand's greatest dress up party. We invite you to embrace the theme and join this mindful tribe of party animals!
MAGICal, MYSTERious, RHYTHMIC and ROUTINE. GAMBOLING, SPIRAL PATTERNS KEEP us on the MOVe. Sun kissed LIMBS DANCing TO RHYTHMs. WE ARE MYSTIC, WE ARE MAGIC. summon YOUR SPIRIT ANimal, conjure SUNSHINE & BANISH the DARKNESS. bring THE DAWN. EAT! SLEEP! RAVE! REPEAT! LET THERE bE MOMENTS UNEXPLAINEd.
The three-day Splore festival introduces fresh energy and a new dimension to the ancient homeland of the tangata whenua Ngāti Whanaunga and Ngāti Paoa. This pristine environment offers a platform to educate and inspire our community through the festival kaupapa (ethos, values and beliefs) of contributing to the well-being of our festival whanau by creating transformational experiences and throwing a great party.
Mrs Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure and Preposterous Words defines Splore as: Merry-making festivities, carousing and frolicking or a good going session.
The Splore community is as much a part of the show,
as the performers are key to the scene.
A Splore state of mind has no borders, sees only possibilities and is at one with nature.
Splore offers a multitude of opportunities for getting down, local and international acts rocking the main stage massive, an arts trail to delight your senses, a wide range of the finest food vendors to nourish your body and a brand-spanking-new wellness area to revive and nurture the body and soul. All the while across the beach, burlesque nymphs dangle from trapeze in a marquee full of costumed, midnight revellers.
Splore is equal parts liberation and libation; idealism and interactivity;
creative showcase and community springboard.
Eclectic, performance-based music policy with plenty of pleasant surprises . Based on extensive research and vetting of acts before booking to ensure a consistently high standard of music and charisma.
A festival line up you may not be largely familiar with but one that always provides the audience with lots of “favourite new acts”.
Featuring an array of extraordinary talents, Splore is guaranteed to surprise and delight with shows, workshops, happenings, flash mobs and disruptions, to view, experience and participate.
The history of the Splore visual arts program is rich with works which integrate into the festival in very interesting ways. Artworks embrace the Splore culture, theme and environment and add to it by engaging and connecting the audience. A fantastic feast for our eyes and souls.
Tapapakanga Regional Park is steeped in significant archaeological sites that are important records of history of the tangata whenua Ngati Whanaunga and Ngati Paoa and are protected by law. Please respect these areas they are clearly marked and are off limits to the Splore audience.
We take great pride in the quality of the food available at Splore. There's an array of styles and cultures, serving up a wide range of deliciously nourishing, well priced, fresh real food .
There are several bars located throughout the festival site serving beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks.
Our partners help us create a great festival, thanks to them we can pull Splore off every year. Their support means we can focus on the finest entertainment and audience orientated fun so that you have the best summer time fun.
FaMILIES AND KIDS
FaMILIES AND KIDS
We love families and kids at Splore and offer free and reserved camping areas for families of all sizes. These areas are dedicated to families, close enough to all amenities and the entertainment precinct to make your family experience comfortable and safe.
We want to make it affordable for growing families to attend Splore, so the price of youth tickets is just $150 + BF for teenagers aged 13-17. The youth ticket price applies to youths attending with parents or guardians over 30 years old.
Children 12 and under are free. Parents just need to select a $0 value kids ticket when purchasing their own. There will be a $6 charge for the child's wristband. This way we can keep a handle on how many kids are going to be onsite and cater for families more accurately.
Have you heard about the Splore Families page on Facebook? Follow us to stay updated with the latest news including kids programmes, The Rumpus Room, food, contests and more.
We're committed to constantly improving Splore in all areas and minimising our impact on the environment is no exception.
Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, from eliminating single use cups and water bottles, introducing reusable serve-ware for our food and working closely with Tapapakanga’s iwi, Ngāti Paoa and Ngāti Whanaunga. Splore is a member of the Sustainable Business Network and is proud to be the first New Zealand festival to win the international ‘A Greener Festival Award’ for our sustainability initiatives.
Thanks to the Splorers (that's you) we create a festival environment where we rewrite the rules and explore a better, and more exciting, way of living.
It is a privilege to party on this sacred whenua, Tapapakanga. We are very thankful to the tangata whenua, Ngāti Paoa and Ngāti Whanaunga, and their ancestors - the ancient occupants of this beautiful place. They give us their blessing to be here. Please be kaitiaki (caregivers) and take pride in being here as Splore community.
Ko Papatuanuku te whaea o te whenua.
Papatuanuku is the earth mother.