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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
– 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.
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.
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.
Yes, your mat is part of your body. Bring your favourite one and any props you might want to use for your practice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, we love to have children around! Kids under 16 enter the Festival for free!
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!
No, please be kind to the Festival and to your pets and leave them at home.
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
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.
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.
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!
Here’s the stallholder application form. Please mind that spaces are limited, so hurry up!
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.
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.
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!
Yes, Meet us at 1pm on Wednesday 21st February. Please head to reception and ask for directions.
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.
We have a large council carpark at the main entrance gate on Mills Lane.
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.