FAQ - VOSE 2020
Prepare for the Festival
Where in the world is Kawai Purapura?
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. The Albany bus station is a 10-minutes-walk from the site. More info here. http://kawaipurapura.co.nz/
How can I get there?
From the city: Northern Express from Auckland City to Albany departs every 10 minutes. The journey is around 25 minutes and costs $7.50 per adult. Albany Bus Station is a 10-minutes-walk away from the Festival.
From the airport: Sky Bus operates regularly between Auckland Airport and Albany Bus Station. You can purchase tickets online, $24 one way, $44 return.
Where can I park?
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-minute-walk to the entrance.
Is there a map of the venue?
Yes, find all the info about the venue here.
When can I arrive and when do I have to leave?
The Festival starts on Thursday afternoon at 4.30pm and ends on Sunday night around 6pm
If you are camping and you want to set up your tent before the Opening Ceremony, you can arrive from 2 pm and enjoy the grounds.
If you chose other accommodation styles, you don’t need to rush. Feel free come after 4 pm.
If you are a stallholder, you will need to set up in the morning from 8am to 3pm.
The Opening Ceremony will start at 4.30pm.
The Closing Ceremony is at 4.30pm on Sunday.
How much is the ticket?
Find all ticket options here: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2020/voices-of-sacred-earth-2020/auckland/albany
Kids under 16 enter for free!
What is included in the ticket?
You will have full access to all classes, talks and performances for the time you booked at the Festival. Accommodation and food are not included.
Accommodation can be booked separately. We offer camping, Marae style sleeping and a very limited number of van camping sites.
Can I get a one-day ticket?
Yes, there are tickets available for single days.
Book your ticket on: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2020/voices-of-sacred-earth-2020/auckland/albany
Can I purchase passes at the door?
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?
Tickets are non-refundable. You can buy them online via this link https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2020/voices-of-sacred-earth-2020/auckland/albany
For late comers, it will be possible to buy ticket at the entrance, paying in cash or with credit card.
Is there anything I can’t bring with me?
Please mind that we are a happy vegetarian alcohol, smoke 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.
What should I bring?
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, perhaps a pillow case. Bring a small backpack or bag to carry your belongings with you.
A reusable water bottle, with this hot summer weather you will want to keep replenishing with from our free water sources.
As there will be food stalls and many other awesome vendors, some cash would be useful.
Will there be a place to store my belongings?
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.
What if there’s bad weather?
The Festival will happen, rain or shine! If there is inclement weather such as thunder or lightening, we will hold the indoor classes.
So make sure you bring a rain coat, wellies a nice hat and sun protection!
Where can I sleep?
There are two options for sleeping on-site:
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.
Tent Camping. As we have limited space available, please make sure your tent size is small (max two people).
Limited Car/Van camping
Will water be on-site?
Yes, there will be a water station where you will be able to refill your own bottle as many times as you want.
What kind of food can I find on-site?
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 will surprise you with her healthy irresistible creativity. Each meal is lovingly prepared with homegrown or locally grown organic ingredients. She uses the freshest ingredients for the tastiest results.
Will there be market stalls?
Yes, you will find lots of colorful market stalls selling handmade and holistic wares.
We feature stalls at the festival with a diverse range of products like soaps, oils, crystals, natural clothing, jewelry 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?
You can find showers in the communal bathrooms close to reception. We will also have two toilets up in the camping area. There will be a map showing you where they are. Please be mindful in the use of water.
When will the timetable be released?
Most likely this will happen 2 weeks before the Festival opens, keep checking back as we are always adding amazing sessions. You can imagine that with the large number of teachers, classes and days, we need to coordinate there can be changes until the last days!
Is there Wi-Fi?
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 presenters to choose from, you probably won’t have the time to check your Facebook or your emails. Log off, enjoy nature and have fun.
Is there an age limit?
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.
Can I bring my children?
Of course! We love to share this joyful festival with children and inspire the new generations to live happy and mindful. Kids 16 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, fairies, storytelling, parent and child partner yoga, drumming, making friends with horses, macramé, meditation and yoga.
Do children need to pay?
Kids 16 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.
What daytime activities will be available for my children?
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?
No, please be kind to the Festival and to your pets and leave them at home.
I’m coming alone, is that OK?
Totally! You will meet so many beautiful people that you won’t feel alone at all.
Do I have to book the workshop in advance?
All workshops are included in the ticket price, except for the Sweat Lodge.
Can I take photos or videos?
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 Festival's social media pages and tag us. (#vose2020)
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.”
Which kind of market stalls can join the Festival?
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 can I help?
Your help will be 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 https://www.voicesofsacredearth.co.nz/volunteer
What do I bring?
Make sure you have with you: reusable water bottle, yoga mat, mobile phone for contact, torch (if you can’t use your mobile phone), sun protection – hat, sunscreen, comfortable clothing and shoes, raincoat, tent and sleeping gear if you are confirmed as camping.
So how does this volunteering work?
As volunteer, we ask for 4-hours of your time daily, 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
• An opportunity to be amongst like-minded souls
• Valuable experience in working on events
A sense of pride in knowing you helped to create the magic that make up our festival!
Where do I park when I get there?
We have a large council car park at the main entrance gate on Mills Lane.
Can I sleep in my car?
Sure, you are welcome to sleep in your vehicle! However, keep in mind that as we will not be having any vehicles on the grounds, you will need to have your van parked in our council carpark (which is located at the entrance of our main gate). Just means a little more of a walk to the amenities.