THINGS TO KNOW
Whether you're an OG Splorer or first timer you'll have a better time if you know the basics about about how we do things at Tapapakanga. Please take some time to browse the INFO tab above and check out the Splorer's guide to Thriving and Surviving.
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?
Oxfam and Splore share a vision of a sustainable world that is free from the injustice of poverty. One where everyone is valued, can enjoy their rights, and can influence the decisions that affect them.
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 tangata 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.
LEAVE NO TRACE
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.
FOOD AND DRINK
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 – special themed camping areas.
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.