THRIVING AT SPLORE
THRIVING AT SPLORE
Less is more when you’re living the tent life. Pack light: you can have a stellar weekend with a couple of party outfits, a warm and dry layer, a pair of sturdy shoes, and a shady hat or scarf. And don’t forget your togs!
Bring your own water bottle, coffee mug, and a backpack or tote bag for all your essentials. A few other handy bits of kit are a head torch, lightweight towel, and a pair of earplugs.
Splorers are a friendly bunch and we don’t usually have any trouble with theft, but don't make yourself an easy target. There’s no safe place for valuables on a festival site, so it’s best to leave them at home.
But festivals aren’t only about practical packing lists — they’re about expressing yourself and making memories. Wear something wild, get creative! Find your style, and be mindful of the mix of cultures that make this place so great. If you’re not sure what’s what, getting educated is easy.
Illegal substances and BYO alcohol are banned from the festival site. We have thorough vehicle and bag checks at the gates and on–site, and all contraband will be confiscated.
Splore is a glass–free event. Can’t dance with cut feet! Remember to transfer any food and non–alcoholic drinks out of their glass jars and bottles before you leave home. Security will confiscate any glass at the gate.
And while you’re at it, precycle before you recycle. If you’re bringing any food to Splore, ditch the single–use plastic packaging. Choose foods that are gloriously nude — no need to involve plastics in mealtimes. One–up yourself and unwrap at the supermarket to send a clear message that single–use plastic packaging isn’t cool. And there’s no need to bring any water, you’ll find heaps of free drinking water available all over the site.
Stick with camping gear that’s proven to go the distance. Don’t cheat with cheap gear. Make a long–term commitment to your festival setup. No point saving money today if you have to buy it all again next festival, and Mama Earth pays the price. If you don’t have what you need to make your happy home in a field, ask around. Borrow a tent, camping mattress, sleeping bag, chilly bin, tarp, whatever else your heart desires. And for the love of all things good in this world, take everything home with you! Love this place, leave no trace.
Give your tent and gear a quick check the weekend before Splore. Make sure everything’s in good condition since last summer, and that you’ve got enough pegs and poles.
We can’t stop you bringing every bit of kit and setting up an overblown shantytown tent complex with your crew. But why sit listening to an iPhone in a cup when we’re putting on New Zealand’s best party just down the hill? Pack light, get your jandals on, and clear out of camp — there’s dancing to be done!
We’ve got a handy new festival app! Just text the word Splore to 332 and we’ll send you the link. Load it up and add it to your home screen before you get to Splore, and you’ll have all the info you need in the palm of your hand.
If you prefer to view your programme offline click here for downloadable versions.
Make sure you know where you’re heading, and check the road conditions before you drive. Check your oil and water before you leave, fill your tank and top up the air pressure in your tyres. Look out for Splore signage along the road. Traffic out here is slow until late Friday, so just chill and enjoy the scenery, you’ll be here in no time. There are two sides to this coin: arrive early and have your pick of the campsites, or arrive later and avoid the worst of the traffic.
If you don’t have a full car, offer any spare seats in the carpool club. Make sure you have three or more people in your car and you’ll get $50 refund of your parking pass! Same applies to electric vehicles with any number of people and 2 seater card with both seat occupied.
On the Tuesday or Wednesday before Splore, you’ll receive an email from iTicket letting you know which entry gate you’ll be heading to. Follow the signs on the road and make sure you get it right. Entry to the festival will be much smoother and faster for you at the correct gate.
After vehicle and bag searches, follow the instructions from our traffic and parking crew to get to the right spot. The car parks are a wee way from the campsites, so only pack what you can carry, or bring a wheely hand cart. There's also a parking–to–campsite shuttle operating, so if you time it right you can jump on for a lift.
Splore welcomes all friendly caring humans to join our Mindful Tribe of Party Animals for this glorious weekend. Please show respect for your fellow Splorers and for this magical slice of paradise: be mindful of the environment, drink with moderation, look after yourself and your mates.
One hand is all you need to pay at Splore. We use the AWOP cashless wristband system for all purchases on–site. Bring cash or an eftpos card to top up your wristband at one of the AWOP banks. Any unused credit can be refunded before you go home, or online until the end of March.
Festivals are a great social leveler: where else can you go for three days without taking a shower? We truck all our shower water in from the city, and then truck all the grey water back for processing. We charge a fee for showers to cover part of those costs, so please be mindful of water use. Partying at Splore without a shower is totally possible — go for a swim in the sea or lagoon and save that shower for Sunday night when you get home.
We run Splore with a Zero Waste philosophy. Let’s walk our sustainability talk: don’t bring single—use plastics, disposable products, glow sticks, or non–bio glitter (you can get great bio–glitter from the on–site BodyFX stall instead).
Our Zero Waste volunteers work alongside our waste contractor Clean Event to recover as much waste as possible and convert it into useful resources. It’s our goal to send as little waste to landfill as possible.
We’ll give you compostable bags for food waste and a clear recycling bag for your recyclables. Please keep your campsite waste sorted and bring it to your local campsite Zero Waste Hub regularly. You’ll see bin stations throughout the festival site, colour–coded for compost, recycling, and waste to landfill. All our vendors use compostable packaging, so please dispose of it in the green compost bins along with any food scraps. Follow the simple sorting system and ask our Zero Waste volunteers if you need help.
Our Camp Kaitiaki are your campsite power rangers. Extra recycling bags, tent peg dramas, festival advice — whatever your needs, wave one down for a friendly face and a helping hand.
Splore is a safe and friendly place, but the usual rules always apply. Don’t accept drinks from strangers and don’t leave your drinks unattended. If you feel unsafe at any time you can go to the main homestead on the lower site, to Camp HQ, or to Wendy’s Wellness, and speak to our team. You could also get help from any security guards, Camp Kaitiaki, or anyone with a radio.
Bring insect repellent and sunblock. Don’t forget to pack any essential medications you might need, and make sure your mates also know about any medical issues you might have. If you need any medical help, you’ll find our first aid teams at the start of the campgrounds on the top site, and by the old homestead on the festival site.
We make every effort to create a safe festival space so that every Splorer has the freedom of pure, uninhibited self–expression. Consent means an enthusiastic YES. Anything else is a NO. Glitter boobs or not, make sure you have consent before you touch somebody else.
No matter where you are at Splore, if you need help there’s always a Splore crew member, volunteer, or security within coo-eee. The old homestead is open 24 hours a day, and there’s always someone in Camp Mum's caravan at Camp HQ who can help you out.
Splore staff are trained in dealing with found children, but there’s no substitute for proper planning. Make sure you and your children know what to do if you become separated. Write your phone number on your child’s arm in permanent marker and check that it's still there after swimming and after sleeps. Dress your kids in something eye–catching and distinctive so they stand out from the crowd. After dark give them a torch, or light them up with solar–powered fairy lights. Same goes for prams and buggies. Keep sight of your kids, and they’ll love their bright, shiny outfits!
If you’ve lost your child, find someone with a radio and they’ll help you out. If your child is found upstairs at the top site, they’ll be brought to Camp Mum's caravan at Camp HQ. If they’re found downstairs at the festival site, they’ll be taken to the production office at the old homestead.
Opt for a Family or Quiet camping area as you are less likely to be disturbed by the all–night party crowd. Chances are you’ll end up camping next to some willing playmates for your little ones.
Good quality ear defenders are a must for kids and infants. If you don't already have some, we sell them at the Splore merch tent next to the old homestead. It’s an important investment in your child’s future: children’s ears are very sensitive, and prolonged exposure to loud music at festivals can cause permanent hearing damage.
THAT’S A WRAP
THAT’S A WRAP
All good things must end. One last dance, swap phone numbers, find your shoes, and it’s time to pack. Remember to take all your gear with you, and sort any waste properly. Everyone must be off–site by 7PM on Sunday. Plan your exit properly so you don’t end up in a scramble.
Alcohol can affect your system for a number of hours after you stop drinking, so be smart and take things easy early enough to sober up before your drive. Police have indicated that they will be targeting intoxicated drivers and have been known to set up a testing station just outside festival gates.
Time to return to the grind! Get as much sleep as possible, look after your body, drink plenty of water, and try to carry the positivity you nurtured over the weekend through to your normal life. We’ll miss you too!
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