Good times and family-friendly vibes collide
Picture this – a breath-taking beachside paradise, where good music, great food and a mindful community come together for a weekend of pure magic.
Splore is a festival that’s about so much more than music – it’s a slice of Aotearoa’s contemporary culture that can leave you feeling transformed, energised, and with enough memories to last a lifetime.
Splore invites you on an immersive journey where you’ll find yourself grooving to international artists and local talent across five entertainment zones. Splore is full of surprise and delight moments, from out-and-about performers to inspiring artworks. Pōhutukawa are lit up and situated within one large magical playground framed by the Firth of Thames. It’s easy to get distracted as you stumble across an artwork, then meet new people, and dance with new found friends until the sun comes up.
Balance is key to a good party – Splore tempers the fun and frivolity with some deep thinking in the Listening Lounge; yoga moves, or a pre-booked massage in Wendy’s Wellness; and a Rumpus Room for kids’ entertainment. Those under 12 get to tag along with their parents for free.
Beneath the sparkling lights is the whenua – Tāpapakanga Park is home to Ngāti Paoa and Ngāti Whanaunga and every Splore is opened with a spine-tingling powhiri. Splore considers it a privilege to be able to party and host 10,000 people on their whenua and with the festival’s strong sustainability values everyone knows the mantra ‘love this place, leave no trace.’ Not bringing too much onto the festival site is key to achieving this.
But back to the party – Saturday night in Splore’s Naked Eye zone hosts a mind-bending cabaret show. Be ready to be shocked and wowed by artistic feats and a little risqué. And if you want to be part of the entertainment, Saturday night is where months of costume-making shine, and you can wow others with a striking costume.
Splore introduces a theme every year that inspires attendees to get creative with costumes for the Saturday night extravaganza. For 2024 people are encouraged to get ‘Feasty’ – so get simmering with inspiration and season it just so with sauce.
Most of all it’s a place for connection, whanau and friends. People even love Splore so much that they tie the knot here! Yes, the festival has hosted countless weddings, and it’s not hard to see why – the beach with the backdrop of Coromandel makes an idyllic spot.
Getting to Splore is a breeze. Buses are provided at a subsidised cost, dropping you right into the heart of the festival and you don’t have to worry if you want a drink or two on Sunday. If you’re driving, there’s a parking fee, but Splore encourages carpooling to reduce the environmental impact.
It’s close to Auckland, and for those traveling from outside Auckland, there are pre-pitched tents available, making your festival experience even more convenient.
In a topsy-turvy world, Splore offers a slice of utopia, a chance to connect with like-minded individuals, and a refreshing escape from everyday life.
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.
Experience it for yourself. Tickets are set to sell out so don’t miss your chance to grab yours!
Music programme announced to date:
Norman Jay MBE
Beatles Dub Club (who run the Fab Four through the dub filter),
South London DJ and broadcaster, Lil C,
Sydney sax bombs – Party Dozen,
Strawpeople’s (festival debut).
Che Fu + King Kapisi,
Lady Shaka (Live),
Samoan heavy metallers, Shepherds Reign.
The Aotearoa DJ ranks feature:
Half Queen, Paige Julia, Flamingo Pier, Dylan C, K2K, Sanoi.
Benny Salvador, DIMPRI, Rose Alice, and Jamie Newman.
Wellness, Listening Lounge and Performing and visual artists still to be announced.