FAQs2018-03-06T23:47:03+00:00
Can I take photos or videos?2018-03-19T06:20:15+00:00

Yes you can! Feel free to take photos of the venues and our beautiful settings, make selfies of you and your friends and share them on Facebook and Instagram. Remember to check-in at Voices of Sacred Earth on social media and tag us 🙂

Keep in mind that in accordance with New Zealand Law, we may take and/or publish photos or film “of people where there is no expectation of privacy, such as a beach, shopping mall, park or other public place.”

Where in the world is Kawai Purapura?2018-03-06T21:38:02+00:00

We are in the heart of 19 acres of tranquil native bush Albany, a nice suburb only 20 minutes from the centre of Auckland. Northern Express buses leave from the city every 10 minutes. Albany bus station is a 10 minutes walk from the site. More info here.

How can I get there?2018-03-06T22:34:25+00:00

– From the city: Northern Express from Auckland City to Albany departs every 10 minutes. The journey is around 25 minutes and costs $6.50 per adult. Albany Bus Station is a 10 minutes walk away from the Festival.

– From the airport: The Airbus and Northern Express operate regularly between Auckland Airport and Albany Bus Depot. Keep in mind that there is one transfer at Auckland Britomart. You can purchase tickets at the international terminal bus stop or from the driver. NZ$22 one way, $30 return.

Where can I park?2018-03-06T21:38:56+00:00

During the Festival Kawai Purapura is a pedestrian only zone, There’s a large Council parking area on either side at the bottom of our drive. From there it’s an enjoyable 3 minutes walk to the entrance.

Is there a map of the venue?2018-03-06T21:43:09+00:00

Yes, find all the info about the venue here

Where can I sleep?2018-03-06T22:16:45+00:00

There are two options for sleeping on-site:

  • Option number one, Marae-style. It’s a shared sleeping hall where you will sleep with other awesome people like yourself. A mattress, fitted sheets, pillow and pillowcase are provided. Bring your own blanket or sleeping bag.
  • Option number two, tent camping. As we have limited space available, please make sure your tent size is small (max two people).

Please note that accommodation in Camping and Marae Style are reserved only for full 4 days tickets.

More info and tickets here.

If you’d like to stay more comfortable, have a look at Ramada Suite Albany, only 10 minutes walk to the Festival area. Here are the rates for Festival ticket holders:

Studio Room (King bed or 2 x singles on request as only some of the rooms have split bed capability) $185 per night

One bedroom apartment (1 x King bed only) $225 per night

Two bedroom apartment (2 x king bed or 1 x king and 2 x singles) $405 per night (Can add a rollaway bed into the large lounge area at additional $40)

Note: accommodation and prices are subject to availability.

When can I arrive and when do I have to leave?2018-03-06T22:12:13+00:00

The Festival starts on Friday afternoon and ends on Sunday night.

If you are camping and you want to set up your tent before the Opening Ceremony, you can arrive from 1 pm and enjoy the grounds.

If you chose other accommodation styles, you don’t need to rush. Stay easy and come after 4 pm.

If you are a stallholder, you will need to set up in the morning from 9 am to noon.

The Opening Ceremony will start at 5 pm.

The Closing Ceremony is at 5 pm on Sunday. When the event is over, you are good to go.

Keep in mind that no cars will be allowed on site during the Festival. If you need any help in packing and unpacking your gear, our awesome volunteers will be happy to help you.

Will water be on-site?2018-03-06T22:29:12+00:00

Yes, there will be a water station where you will be able to refill your own bottle as many times as you want. Water is good.

What kind of food can I find on-site?2018-03-06T23:00:11+00:00

At the Festival there will be various kinds of selected food stalls with yummy options, including vegan, raw and gluten free. Also, our amazing in-house chef Fran will surprise you with her healthy irresistible creativity. Each meal is lovingly prepared with homegrown or locally grown Organic ingredients daily to ensure she uses the freshest ingredients for the tastiest results.

 

Will there be market stalls?2018-03-06T22:33:59+00:00

Yes, you will find lots of colourful market stalls selling handmade and holistic wares.

We are featuring stalls at the festival with a diverse range of products like soaps, oils, crystals, natural clothing, jewellery and much more. There will also be a number of information stalls from natural healing companies.

Also, we will have a selection of yummy food stalls.

Where can I find showers?2018-03-06T22:30:58+00:00

Great news, we have showers! You can find them in the communal bathrooms close to reception. There will be a map showing you where they are. Please be mindful in the use of water.

What if there’s bad weather?2018-03-06T23:33:04+00:00

The Festival will happen rain or shine! If there is inclement weather such as thunder or lightening we will change the location of the outdoor classes to indoors.

So make sure you bring a rain coat, a nice hat and sun protection!

Is there anything I can’t bring with me?2018-03-06T23:00:54+00:00

Please mind that we are a happy vegetarian alcohol-free and drug-free community. Take this opportunity to live healthy and come see how much fun you can have with us!

We also are committed to zero waste, so please be kind to our beautiful nature, collect your rubbish and help us recycle.

Will there be a place to store my belongings?2018-03-06T23:01:32+00:00

No. Belongings will need to be kept with you. Bringing a backpack or a bag that is comfortable to wear with your belongings in it is the best option.

When will the timetable be released?2018-12-18T00:46:46+00:00

Most likely this will happen shortly before the Festival opens.  You can imagine that with the large number of teachers, classes and days that we need to co-ordinate there can be changes until the last days and we want to give you the latest version. The best way to get notified of latest updates on the festival is to follow our Facebook Event page.

Is there a Wi-Fi?2018-03-06T23:02:20+00:00

Yes, we have a free Wi-Fi on site to make sure that you are always connected and share your experience with your friends and family. But you know what? With all the exciting workshops to choose from, you probably won’t have the time to check your Facebook or your emails. Log off, enjoy nature and have fun.

How much is the ticket?2018-03-06T23:28:49+00:00

To accommodate all your needs, we give you plenty of options:

Full Festival Pass & Concerts – Friday 23 – Sunday 25 March: $170 + fee $7.41
Friday Evening Concerts – Friday 23 March: $40.00 + fee $2.17
Full Day Festival Pass – Saturday 24 March: $105.00 + fee $4.80
Saturday Evening Concerts – Saturday 24 March: $45.00 + fee $2.38
Full Day Festival Pass – Sunday 25 March: $75.00 + fee $3.59

And kids under 16 enter for free!

To buy tickets, click here 

What is included in the ticket?2018-03-06T23:30:12+00:00

You will have full access to all classes, workshops, talks and performances for the time you booked at the Festival. Accommodation and food are not included.

Can I get a one-day ticket?2018-03-06T23:31:25+00:00

Yes, there are tickets available for single days. You need to choose the day in advance, though. Have a look at the prices and availability here.

Can I purchase passes at the door?2018-03-06T23:30:42+00:00

Of course! We strongly encourage you to purchase your passes in advance to avoid delayed entrance, but if you decide last minute, you are more than welcome to come over and buy your ticket on-site. You can pay by cash or credit card, easy.

What is the payment and refund policy?2018-03-06T23:32:06+00:00

Tickets are non-refundable. You can buy them online via this link.

For late comers, it will be possible to buy ticket at the entrance, paying in cash or with credit card.

Is there an age limit?2018-03-06T23:08:31+00:00

With plenty of activities for adults and kids, including traditional ceremonies, wisdom talks, classes, concerts, dance performances, meditation and much more, you are welcome no matter your age. It’s always a good time to tune in with yourself and with like-minded souls. To get an idea of the workshops that you will be able to attend, have a look here.

Can I bring my children?2018-12-18T00:47:34+00:00

Of course! We love to share this joyful festival with children and inspire the new generations to live happy and mindful. Kids 14 and under are free and can attend any event. The youngest are welcome accompanied by a ticket-holding adult, we trust you will be mindful of other people around you in terms of disruption.

Also, we have special activities for children, including playful time to connect with nature, dance, laughter yoga, storytelling, drumming, making friends with horses, meditation and yoga.

What daytime activities will be available for my children?2018-03-06T23:19:13+00:00

There will be plenty of fun activities to keep your kids busy such as playful time to connect with nature, dance, laughter yoga, storytelling, drumming, making friends with horses, meditation and yoga.

They will love it.

And, guess what? Children under 16 enter for free!

Can I bring my pet?2018-03-06T23:19:37+00:00

No, please be kind to the Festival and to your pets and leave them at home.

Which kind of market stalls can join the Festival?2018-03-06T23:35:52+00:00

We are featuring stalls at the Festival with a diverse range of products ranging from soaps to crystals to yoga gear, and much more. Also, there will be a number of information stalls from natural healing companies.

How do I apply to have a stall at the Festival?2018-03-06T23:35:16+00:00

Here’s the stallholder application form. Please mind that spaces are limited, so hurry up!

How can I help?2018-03-06T23:37:21+00:00

Your help will very much appreciated, you can bring your skills, become part of our amazing team and have access to the Festival!

Please have a look at the volunteer page and apply here.

What do I get as a volunteer?2018-03-06T23:39:19+00:00

As volunteer, we ask you to help us for 4-6 hours a day, and here’s what you get in return:

• A weekend ticket with full access to the Festival;

•A camping ticket to stay on the festival grounds;

•Daily delicious breakfast and dinner;

•An opportunity to be amongst like minded souls;

•Valuable experience in working on events!

What should I bring?2018-12-18T00:38:24+00:00

Pack for hot and cold weather, you know New Zealand! Sunscreen, hat, sun glasses, rain jacket are always a good idea. If you stay overnight, take a sleeping bag or blanket with you.

Bring a small backpack or bag to carry your belongings with you.

A reusable water bottle: with this hot summer weather, it’s best to drink plenty of water. You will be able to refill it at one of our stations.

As there will be food stalls and many other awesome vendors, some cash would be useful.

And don’t forget your mat + any props you may need for practice.

Is there a volunteer introduction meeting?2018-03-06T23:40:52+00:00

Yes, meet us at 4 pm on Thursday 22 March. Please head to reception and ask for directions.

Where do I park when I get there?2018-03-06T23:42:12+00:00

We have a large council car park at the main entrance gate on Mills Lane.