Splore is a festival of music and arts staged annually at one of the most beautiful festival sites in the world. It is New Zealand owned and operated and has set a benchmark for sustainability and respect.
The site, Tapapakanga Regional Park, is only an hour from Auckland, but each year "Splorers" travel from all over the globe to enjoy the culture, the vibe – and the wonderful, safe swimming beach only metres from the festival main stage.
Splore's multiple stages feature a diverse line-up of compelling musicians, singers and DJs from around the world – but it's also a place for more than music. For three days, the site buzzes with performing arts, visual and interactive art installations, workshops and forums.
And people. To go to Splore is to be part of Splore. Some Splorers work for months on their habitats in special themed camps, many more on creative costumes for Saturday night. And everyone who sets foot in the park becomes part of the culture: relaxed, positive, friendly – and up for it.
Children are people too, and Splore not only welcomes families but offers a family camping area and a dedicated kids' zone with a full programme of activities and entertainment.
Sustenance at Splore is affordable, varied and delicious, and largely served by vendors who come every year. Food is served in compostable dishes and drinks come in reusable "globelet" cups.
Splore was the first NZ festival to stop selling water in single use plastic bottles. All rubbish is sorted onsite into recycling and composting, minimising waste and ensuring high diversion rates away from landfill.
Splore has the other end of proceedings covered too, with purpose-built composting toilets alongside campsites. To further reduce the environmental footprint, revelers are incentivised to carpool and public transport is subsidised. Every year, the mantra is #leavenotrace.
Respect for the land goes hand-in-hand with respect for its original people. At every Splore, international visitors are welcomed with a powhiri on behalf of local iwi.
Like everyone, those visitors tend to be thinking about getting back next year even as they leave. Because there's nowhere like Splore.
Splore is more than a good party. It's a good place in your heart. Check website for line-up (progressively added to).