FAQs2018-01-24T11:19:22+00:00
Where in the world is Kawai Purapura?2018-01-24T10:26:28+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.

Where can I park?2018-01-24T10:28:36+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?2018-02-22T08:13:48+00:00

Yes, find it here

When can I arrive and when do I have to leave?2018-02-06T08:34:31+00:00

The Festival starts on Thursday 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 2 pm.

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

The Opening Ceremony will start at 6 pm.

The Closing Ceremony is at 4 pm on Sunday. When the event is over, you are good to go.

Be patient if there will be cars around during those days.

Where can I sleep?2018-02-16T12:44:40+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.

What should I bring?2018-01-24T10:34:57+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 all the yoga sessions that you will join and the 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.

Will water be on-site?2018-01-24T10:36:41+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.

Where can I find showers?2018-02-21T11:20:49+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.

 

Will there be market stalls?2018-01-24T10:41:38+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 from soaps to crystals to yoga gear, and much more. There will also be a number of information stalls from natural healing companies.

How can I get there?2018-01-24T10:25:42+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.

What kind of food can I find there?2018-01-24T10:39:15+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 Jaynee 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.

Have a look here.

What styles of yoga will be taught at the Festival?2018-01-24T11:17:19+00:00

Every year we have more than 100+ hours of yoga and meditation classes, taught by teachers from around the world practicing multiple styles of Yoga in 60 -90 minutes sessions.

You will have the chance to experience fusions of yoga styles: Aerial, Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Kundalini,Iyengar, Tantra, Acro, SUP Yoga, meditation, wisdom talks, dance and more!

Stay curious and check the schedule.

Should I bring my own yoga mat?2018-01-24T11:06:25+00:00

Yes, your mat is part of your body. Bring your favourite one and any props you might want to use for your practice.

Is there anything I can’t bring with me?2018-01-24T11:08:20+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?2018-01-24T10:42:53+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.

Is there a Wi-Fi?2018-01-24T11:05:24+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 events to choose from, you probably won’t have the time to check your Facebook or your emails. Log off, enjoy nature and have fun.

I’ve never done yoga before, is that OK?2018-01-24T11:02:30+00:00

Yes! There are classes for all levels and things for everyone to explore. International Yoga Festival is a place where everyone can support each other as we challenge ourselves with new experiences. There are lots of activities to choose from so you can sprinkle some meditation and wisdom talks into your full day of yoga.

I’m coming alone, is that OK?2018-01-24T11:03:46+00:00

Totally! You will meet so many beautiful people that you won’t feel alone at all. If you are looking for ride shares and if you want to meet some like-minded fellows in advance, visit our Facebook Event page.

Is there an age limit?2018-01-24T10:53:22+00:00

Can you sit on a yoga mat? With plenty of activities for kids, all sorts of yoga classes, lots of meditation and wisdom talks, 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?2018-01-24T10:54:25+00:00

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 in class accompanied by a ticket-holding adult, we trust you will be mindful of other yogis around you in terms of class disruption.

Do children need to pay?2018-01-29T10:57:56+00:00

No, we love to have children around! Kids under 16 enter the Festival for free!

What daytime activities will be available for my children?2018-01-24T10:58:03+00:00

There will be plenty of fun activities to keep your kids busy such as yoga for kids and families, playful time to connect with nature, hula hooping, dance, laughter yoga, storytelling and drumming.

They will love it.

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

Can I bring my pets?2018-01-24T11:01:29+00:00

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

How much is the ticket?2018-01-29T10:55:18+00:00

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

Full Festival Pass – Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 February: $275.00 = fee $11.64
Full Day Festival Pass – Friday 23 February: $130.00 + fee $5.80
Full Day Festival Pass -Saturday 24 February: $130.00 + fee $5.80
Full Day Festival Pass – Sunday 25 February: $90.00 + fee $4.19
Thursday Night – Thursday 22 February: $30.00 + fee $1.77
Friday Night – Friday 23 February: $45.00 + fee $2.38
Saturday Night – Saturday 24 February: $45.00 + fee $2.38

And kids under 16 enter for free!

To buy tickets, click here 

What is included in the ticket?2018-01-24T11:12:47+00:00

You will have full access to all classes, workshops, talks and performances for all the full days of the Festival. Accommodation and food are not included.

Can I purchase passes on the door?2018-01-24T11:12:01+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.

Can I get a one-day ticket?2018-01-24T10:52:17+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.

What is the payment and refund policy?2018-01-24T11:04:37+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.

What if there’s bad weather?2018-01-24T10:45:29+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!

How do I apply to have a stall at the Festival?2018-01-24T11:10:33+00:00

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

Which kind of market stalls can join the Festival?2018-01-24T11:23:09+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 can I help?2018-01-24T10:48:46+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.

When will the schedule be released?2018-01-24T11:18:08+00:00

Most likely this will happen shortly before the Festival opens. While you wait for this year’s Festival schedule, here is a sample of what you should expect. 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.

What do I get as a Volunteer?2018-01-24T10:51:07+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!

Is there a volunteer introduction meeting?2018-01-25T10:41:38+00:00

Yes, Meet us at 1pm on Wednesday 21st February. Please head to reception and ask for directions.

What do I bring?2018-01-25T10:40:21+00:00

Make sure you have with you: Yoga mat, reusable water bottle, 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.

Where do I park when I get there?2018-01-25T10:38:56+00:00

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

Can I sleep in my vehicle?2018-01-25T10:38:09+00:00

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.