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During summer time, Auckland plays one of the very best outdoor hosts. There are all sorts of festivals popping up, but here are three that never let me down.
Splore: This massive music and arts event happens every couple of years. The three day festival, hosted on Auckland’s stunning coastline in Tapakanga Regional Park, is dedicated to art, culture and community. It’s a family friendly fest, with safe swimming and tranquil vistas over to the Coromandel peninsular. The main stage is set up right by the beach, so festival-goers can dance up a storm on land, or float around listening to local and international artists (last year Erykah Badu was a stand-out). There’s a bunch of different theatre, cabaret and visual arts on display and the chilled out camp site is nestled back from the action. Splore is returning in February 2014 and second tier tickets are now available.
St Jeromes Laneway Festival: Every January all the coolest cats in Auckland flock to Silo Park on the waterfront. The newly converted industrial site is home to this popular music festival that tends to feature more than 20 bands over 12 hours of rock, roll and raging. In years gone by the eclectic Auckland bill has featured the likes of Alt-J, Bat for Lashes and Sbtrkt.
Devonport Food, Wine and Music Festival: This is a family fun day out on the edge of Waitemata Harbour in the historical Devonport village, a 20 minute ferry ride from the CBD. Get your plastic wine glass upon entry, find a clear patch of grass, lay out a picnic blanket and soak it up. Local New Zealand bands play over the day and there are oodles of tents dishing out the finest in Kiwi food and beverage (I strongly suggest getting your hands on a whitebait fritter and a paua pattie – classic seafood favourites).