For three days, the Splore Fest invites you step into another planet completely; one that is inhabited by fun party animals as New Zealand’s best artists belt out tunes that will get you dancing. This is your chance to dance like no one is watching and dress up as your alter ego – whomever that may be. Get as creative and crazy as you like with your outfit… dancing shoes, party pants, crown jewels, prom frocks, medals, trophies, and even your birthday suit if you wish! The only limit is your imagination. Splore, after all, means frolicking, carousing, and merry-making with almost 10,000 other awesome human beings. That’s what this festival is all about.
Set in shores of the beautiful Tapapakanga Regional Park, the event features an eclectic lineup of acts playing across multiple stages. Past performers have included Skye & Ross, Ragga Twins, Omar, and John Morales. On the ground, tons of mind-bending installations and arts make you feel like you’re in another world altogether. Get inspired by attending one of the forums or workshops. Most of all, have fun!
‘Splore Fest isn’t your typical festival; it’s a celebration of love, diversity, friendship, freedom, and whanau.’
While each day in the festival is special, don’t miss out on Saturday night, which is the main event. Color, costume, and carnival come alive; transporting you to a whimsical, fun world. The performances will amaze, surprise, and delight with spontaneous disruptions, flash mobs, and other exciting activities that invite you to join in the fun. Get your sustenance from the various food and drink stalls serving up wine, beer, spirits, non-alcoholic refreshments, and nourishing foot in between activities.
Show some self-love by going to Splore Festival.
Splore Fest takes place in the beautiful Tapapakanga Regional Park, Deerys Rd, Orere Point. The venue is an important historical and archaeological site in New Zealand, and is protected by law.
It’s around 72km south east of the Auckland CBD, which means it will take around an hour to get to the venue. The best way to get here is to take a car, bus, or better yet, carpool to reduce your carbon footprint.
Many attendees bring their own vehicles to the event, but access to the festival car park should be purchased before arriving. Vehicles with at least three passengers will be granted a partial refund at the gate. Once you’re here, all amenities and stages will be within walking distance.
Most Splorers prefer to stay near the festival grounds by camping in one of the many zones. All festival tickets come with free camping access. There will be upgrades, camper vehicles, tepees, glamping, family camping, and theme camps to choose from.
However, if camping isn’t your thing, there are also options to book a hotel or Airbnb nearby and return to the festival grounds as you please throughout the weekend.
After exploring the scenic gem that is the Tapapakanga Regional Park, head back to Auckland, where incredible nightlife awaits you. Tons of backpacker bars offer great deals on food and drink, and the watering holes are excellent places to meet new people.
Drink all the wine you want at Waiheke Island, the isle of wine; home to over 30 wineries and beautiful beaches.
During the day, take a kayak out to Rangitoto Island, a volcanic island where you can trek the lava flows up to the summit to enjoy spectacular views.
Other terrific outdoor activities include the Coast to Coast Walkway, Rotoroa Island, and the Dark Sky Sanctuary.
Splore Fest takes place on February 21-24, 2019.
Rad Season is providing you with hotels and Airbnbs at the lowest prices available online. Book your stay for Splore Festival 2019 using the map below!
The best and most unique action sports and adventure events in New Zealand