Whether you're an OG Splorer or first timer, you'll have a better time if you know the basics about how we do things at Tapapakanga. Please take some time to browse the INFO tab above, and check out the Thriving guide for all the most important info.
Sweet, sweet music. The Splore team spends months each year checking out the world's best festival acts – bands, singers, MCs and DJs – and deciding who to bring home to meet the whanau. Always eclectic, always special.
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.
Dedicated curators put together Splore's arts programme, which encompasses performances, happenings and installations. Take a break from dancing and immerse yourself in the shimmering, spooky delights of the arts trail. Indeed across the entire site there are wonders that surprise and delight
Kids are welcome at Splore. There's a dedicated kids' zone with its own programme of activities and separate, free family camping areas. Children under 12 can come to Splore free and youth tickets (ages 13-17) are discounted. We welcome the whole family. It takes a village, you know?
We love the richness of eclectic clothing influences, inspired designs, and the downright craziness you all bring to Tapapakanga, so we want to encourage your creativity while making Splore a culturally respectful space for everyone to enjoy.
Splore's Wellness zone, dedicated to healthy minds and bodies, is open for the duration. Rejuvenate and nourish, soul, body and mind.
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.
Splore takes place on the ancestral land of the mana whenua, Ngāti Whanaunga and Ngāti Paoa. Our international guests are welcomed every year with a powhiri. We are guests here, and parts of the site have a particular significance to our hosts. These are well-marked and we need you to respect the boundaries.
Every moment at Splore is special, but Saturday night is when we really step out. Its about carnival, colour and costume. You can get together with your friends and dress to this year's theme, or just to how you feel. No, it's not compulsory, but it's deeply, wonderfully liberating.
Every year as a matter of respect for the land we occupy and the planet we share, Splore seeks to raise its game. Sustainable practice is at the heart of everything we do.
Our food vendors are part of the ethos and most of them come back every year. The fare is nourishing, varied and affordable. There are several bars located throughout the festival site serving beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks. If you're looking for something a little extra at mealtime, check out the Banquet Club.
Tapapakanga Regional Park, Deerys Rd, Orere Point, is 72km south east of Auckland CBD – it takes about an hour, but you may encounter queues at peak times. We like it when you share a ride, and there is also a subsidised bus from central Auckland.
Nearly all Splorers stay onsite in one of the multiple camping zones. Every festival ticket includes access to free camping and there's a range of options, including reserved sites, family camping and – because camping can be art – there's Glamping, Tepees and theme camps.
Ideas matter, and the time for talking about them is Saturday morning at THE LISTENING LOUNGE.
A curated programme of panellists and speakers presented by Russell Brown.
WHAT'S A SPLORE?
WHAT'S A SPLORE?
MRS BYRNE'S DICTIONARY OF UNUSUAL, OBSCURE AND PREPOSTEROUS WORDS DEFINES SPLORE AS:
‘MERRY–MAKING FESTIVITIES, CAROUSING AND FROLICKING, A GOOD GOING SESSION.’
Splore is a three-day music and arts festival staged annually on the shores of Tapapakanga Regional Park – perhaps the most beautiful festival setting in the world.
Throughout the three days — and deep into the night — an eclectic lineup of musical artists from New Zealand and abroad play the multiple festival stages. Performing arts, installations, workshops and forums flower across the site. And people dance like no one is watching.
It's the best sort of party. But it's more than a party, it's a community.
To come to Splore is to be part of Splore.
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.
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.
We want to make it affordable for growing families to attend Splore, so the price of youth tickets is just $175 + BF for teenagers aged 13-17. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, from eliminating single use cups and water bottles to introducing reusable serve-ware for our food. 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’s a privilege to party on this sacred whenua, Tapapakanga. We are very thankful to the iwi who have mana whenua over this site, Ngāti Paoa and Ngāti Whanaunga, and to their ancestors. They give us their blessing to be here. Please be kaitiaki (caregivers) of this place and take pride in being here as part of the Splore community.
Ko Papatuanuku te whaea o te whenua.
Papatuanuku is the earth mother of the people.