Preparing for Convergence
Welcome to Convergence!
Yeah for registering for Convergence, and we're all looking forward to it.
To help with preparation and making your experience more enjoyable, we have
collected a few tips below.
- More info: For lots of info and a list of
what to bring, see http://convergence.net.nz/event-details/.
- Arrival: Site opens 27 Dec midday. Everyone
participates in the opening ceremony in the morning of 29 Dec. Meals are
provided 29 Dec lunch – 3 Jan lunch. Evening meal on 28 Dec for those
who help set up, and lunch/dinner after 3 Jan for those who help pack up.
- Rubbish: There is no rubbish disposal
other than food scrap compost! You must take your own rubbish back. Pack it
in, pack it out!
- Rain: As of 22 Dec the site is very wet.
Bring your gumboots!
- Insects: Can be a real nuisance if they
are of the biting kind. Don't forget your favourite repellent.
- Crockery: Bring your own plates and mugs,
and wash them yourself. Teatowels are not provided.
- Fridge/Freezer: There may be less
fridge/freezer space available again this year; please bring as few
perishables as possible.
- Drinking water: All tap water is safe to
drink. Fire hose and outdoor bath water is not!
- Light: Most of the site is unlit at night
to celebrate the natural setting, so bring a reliable torch or two.
- Mobiles: There's no cellphone reception on
site. Areas with reception are 0.5km–5km up the road, depending on your
phone. It's an opportunity to take some time out and immerse yourself in the
physical, not the virtual.
- Showers: Bring a solar shower if you have
it, shower facilities are limited. (This year in particular.)
- Massage: Massage tables are provided for
people to exchange massages. The facilities are provided, but not the service
— giver and receiver volunteers need to match up themselves. Tables need
to be protected and completely covered with 2 large towels; bring your own or
share the ones provided.
- Large towels: Bring several bath/beach
towels, especially if you want to use the massage tables.
- Wind + tents: Strong winds are possible,
any tent would want to be sturdy and well-anchored. Bring tent repair gear
too, like pole segments and duct tape.
- Sleeping: A communal sleeping marquee is
available — you'll need a ground sheet, camp mattress, warm sleeping bag
- Octagon camping (car free walk in-area):
It is not possible to take cars or campervans there by either road. Both
roads are now 4WD only, and may become impassable after rainfall. There is
only an old longdrop, and no water supply.
- Flooding: Low-laying areas below Leigh
Lodge are likely to flood in bad weather and are not recommended for camping.
If you insist on camping there be prepared to move in the wee hours at short
notice!! I.e. you're on your own and the complaints department is closed for
- Amberley Lodge: Bring a torch at night to
use the toilets or showers. The power is off everywhere except for the lights
in the hallway.
Hazards: The camp site is not an urban area,
so typical outdoors hazards are present.
- Clay cliffs may have rock fall or partially collapse, especially with
long or heavy rain.
- The river is unsafe to swim in when up, and for up to 48 hours after
the last rainfall. The rain washes the effluent off the paddocks.
- The lodges are being renovated and are a construction zone. Follow the
signs and stay out please.
- Toilets: There will be lots of composting
toilets but no chemical ones again this year. Very few flush toilets are
available so don't miss the introduction to composting toilets.
- Lost&Found: Each year there is a large
heap of items that were left behind. If you put your mobile number on your
things you are much more likely to get them back fast. A volunteer will keep
the items for a while, details will be announced after Convergence here:
Unclaimed items will be disposed of eventually.
- Co-creation: Co-created events and
workshops are always welcome, especially for children. Bring creative things,
and if you wish to offer a workshop please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wearable light art: This year there will
be another workshop making wearable art with LED light strings. Some strings
will be available for participants, but if you can, bring your own lights and
accessories, and join the creative fun and contribute to the visual feast.
You'll be encouraged to wear your artwork as much as possible; please bring
spare AA batteries, and you may wish to take clothing to which you can leave
the lights attached.
- Dress-up: There will always be
opportunities for dressing up, so bring whatever funky, outrageous, colourful
things take your fancy. Don't forget the Inner Child's 5th birthday party
- Clothes-swap: Bring any clothes you may
want to swap for other clothes. You can only swap for other clothes, not
money. Convergence is a commerce free event.
- Expectations: It's often best not to have
too many, and to go with the flow instead. Convergence is different every
year so no-one can predict what experiences you'll have. Take responsibility
for your own experiences.
- Updates: Check the updated version of the
registration info http://convergence.org.nz/prepare
again before setting out for Convergence.
Current as of 24 Dec 2018.