New Zealand's Prana Festival is a music festival that is an antidote to the commercial European events.
The Location: a secluded beach on the beautiful Coromandel peninsula. Festival goers pretty much have the beach to themselves because there is no access by public road. You can't see the stages from the water but you can certainly take a dip in between bands or have a fire at night.
The event: laid back world music. No big names, but a very relaxed antipodean atmosphere. Great for families.
The (organic) food is reasonably priced and the (compost) toilets are clean. You will actually leave this festival refreshed rather than exhausted.
2 hours from Auckland.
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