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January 18th, 2021

2021 Pricing Announcements

Hi Everyone.

I know it has been a while, and I know a lot of you have been eagerly waiting for the prices to be announced for Southern Paws 2021. We wanted to wait until after the new year and holiday period before announcing as we know that a lot of you have extra expenses during that time of year.

The prices for 2021 are as follows

  • Cabin Registration: $400 per person is the base price, but we are offering an early bird price of $375 per person. You’ll share a room with 2 or 5 other people, so plan your groups now!
  • Bunkroom Registration: $370 per person, with an early bird pricing of $345 per person. You’ll share a larger bunkroom with up to 15 others. You won’t get to pick who you room with.

We know that this is more expensive than anticipated by many of you, unfortunately this is largely out of our control. The reasons for the price increase are three fold:

  • Change of time of year is an increase in price as it is peak season for the site due to the warmer weather
  • Longer con, extending the con by a day to be Friday-Monday instead of Friday to Sunday as we, and many of you, believed it was not long enough
  • The site has also increased their prices as well

The costs listed above include accommodation for the entire event, all meals and activities.

We wish we could get the prices lower, but unfortunately that is not possible.

In addition to the prices listed above we will also have a sponsor option that will help keep the con running for future years as well. It is an additional $25 on top of the main ticket price. It will get you a badge that is different to a standard badge, as well as front of line access at meal times.

As per 2019 we will also be running an airport shuttle for $25 per person, this includes a ticket both to and from the site.

We will be opening Registration in mid February for early bird pricing, then normal ticket prices from mid March. In the sign up form there will also be an option to run for panels and an option for shuttles from the airport to the site.

Please start looking into organising people that you want to bunk with ASAP as that is an item on the sign up form.

Southern Paws Fur Con chairman

November 5th, 2020

Announcing Southern Paws 2021!

Hi Everyone.

So it has been a while since well anything has been said about Southern Paws. We know it has been a rough year for most of us, especially those of us with family and friends overseas. Hopefully we can bring some good news.

We will be running Southern Paws in 2021. We will be running it from Friday the 30th of April to Monday the 3rd of May. YES - this does mean we are running it as a longer 4 day/3 night event next year so we will have an extra day at con this year.

The event will be taking place at the same site we were at in 2019 - the Waipara Adventure Center. We have been working on plans for the last few months, and we’re happy that we will be able to run an event next year. The site has been very good in terms of communicating with us and helping us with what we need to know. Right now they have given us the go ahead for the convention next year.

We’d like to announce the theme for next years event is…

So get out your long coat and hat and holster those laser pistols. We’re off to explore the wild, lawless frontier… the final frontier! For a few examples of the theme, think of Firefly, The Mandalorian, Cowboy Bebop, and other similar media.

If anything important changes, we promise to let you know. Pay attention to our various social pages and this blog for any future updates. You can find those below:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SouthernPawsCon
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southernpawscon
Telegram: https://t.me/SPFCAnnouncements

We are excited to see everyone at Southern Paws in April next year and we hope you can come.
We will be making more announcements for things like prices, panel calls and the like over the next couple of months.

Con Chairman

July 29th, 2019

How to Survive Southern Paws

This is an archived post from our 2019 event.

With Southern Paws less than two weeks away, I’m sure a lot of you are getting pretty excited for the event. But before it can happen, we need to take a step back. How does this all work? This post will cover everything you need to know about the event, including opening times, emergency details, and what to bring.

First of all, some basic details.

Basic Details

The site, and times

The event will be held at the Waipara Adventure Centre. The event will be running from Friday to Sunday. The site opens for attendees at 1:30 PM on Friday, and closes at noon on Sunday.

Be tidy! We ask everyone attending to help us out by keeping the site, and their rooms clean and presentable. We aim to leave the site cleaner than it was when we arrived.

Signing in and out

When you first arrive at the site, you’ll need to sign in. As part of this procedure, Southern Paws staff will need to see your photo identification. Once we confirm your identity, we will issue you with your convention badge. This must be worn at all times.

On the day of the event, we’ll have a trail of balloons you can follow from the car parking area to con registration. So just remember, follow the balloons!

If you wish to leave the site at any point, you must return to registration and sign out.

The forms of identification we can accept are listed below:

  • 18+ Card
  • Kiwi Access Card
  • Passport
  • Driver’s Licence

If you don’t have at least one of these forms of identification, contact our staff immediately.


Rooms in our cabins have already been allocated based on the information submitted with your registration. If your preferred roommates were not able to fill an entire room, you will need to share with others. For those who didn’t specify preferences, or those who picked the bunkroom option, you will be allocated beds randomly. When you sign in to the event, convention staff will tell you your assigned room number and roommates.

Rooms are allocated in advance, and we cannot allow attendees to move without prior notification. If your cabin preferences have changed, please notify us immediately.

Food and dietary requirements

Meals will be provided, including all meals on Saturday as well as breakfast on Sunday. You can bring your own snacks if you’d like more, though.

If you have any allergies or special dietary requirements, you must tell us about these as soon as possible. The food this year is being catered by our venue and we will be unable to make last-minute changes to the meal plans.


We do allow smoking, but in designated areas only. This includes the use of vapes and electronic cigarettes. If you need help finding this area, find a convention staff member and they can point you in the right direction.


We are allowing alcohol, however we are placing restrictions on what is allowed. These can be found listed below:

  • No more than 10 standard drinks for the entire event.
  • Must be in its original container.
  • All alcohol above the limit will be confiscated.
  • Any mild to severe intoxication will not be tolerated and if you are intoxicated you will be put in a safe place until you are sober.


The current weather forecast for Saturday is patches of rain. This isn’t ideal for our outdoor events, but we’ll try to do as many as we can despite the rain. If the rain is too bad to go ahead, we’ll try to postpone, and in the worst case scenario, we may have to cancel some outdoor events. We highly recommend you bring good outdoor gear - a rain jacket, waterproof shoes, and something warm.

If something goes wrong

If something goes wrong at the event, or you need medical attention, find a member of our staff as soon as you can. You’ll know them by the bright green Southern Paws t-shirts. And the huge “STAFF” label written on the back. That helps too.

If you need medical attention urgently, our onsite medical fox will be wearing a red shirt, so he should be easy to spot.

If at any point during the convention you need to get in touch with staff and can’t find anyone, you can reach convention staff using the phone number 0225655351 at any point during the convention. Cell signal at the site should be fairly good. We recommend that you put this number into your phone now - before you need it in an emergency.

If you have any problems with your fursuit or cosplay, our artist Kittyraa will be bringing basic supplies to help fix minor damage and tears.

Furry Convention Survival

What to bring

First of all, we have to go over the basics. The list below will cover all the basic things you will need to bring with you to the event.

  • Bedding materials. Anything you might need - blankets, pillows, and a warm sleeping bag. Mattresses will be provided, and the rooms are heated, but the night can be pretty cold in the South Island.
  • Warm clothes - as said above, things can get pretty cold! Bring all the clothes you’ll need for the weekend, and some extras if you want to be safe.
  • Towels! At least one, but two is better. The showers on site are diesel heated, and you’ll want to use them.
  • Toiletries. A tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo, soap, all the basics you’d need for the weekend. This includes deodorant. We don’t want smelly furries.
  • Decent outdoor footwear. The site is fairly easy to get about, but if you want to spend time outdoors you’ll probably want to bring some decent shoes. Some activities may require closed-toe shows.
  • A rain jacket.
  • A water bottle
  • A torch

And, a few more things (that while not essential,) you might want to bring.

  • Snacks and drinks. The nearest full-service supermarket is Countdown Amberley, located about a ten minute drive away from the site. There will not be any snacks available for purchase on-site, so we recommend you bring some with you.
  • Basic medication. It’s a good idea to bring any basic medication you could need - Ibuprofen, Immodium, Paracetemol, and antacids being a few examples.
  • Earbuds, earplugs, or headphones. You may end up sharing a room with someone who snores!
  • Swimming togs. We will be having a water-slide activity, and you’ll need togs for this. We don’t recommend a wetsuit for this activity, though.

What not to bring

  • Weapons. We can’t allow weapons on-site at Southern Paws. If you want to use a prop weapon as part of your costume, please contact us in advance to ask if it’s okay. Nerf guns and soft arrows are permitted as long as they are used outdoors and only between consenting persons. You must also clean up after use.
  • Pets will not be allowed at Southern Paws. Guide dogs, and other disability assistance animals are permitted, but we may ask for evidence of this. Please contact us as soon as possible if this applies to you.
  • Drugs. We will not allow any drugs that are not prescription or over the counter. This includes “legal highs”. All prescription medicines must be in their original containers unless evidence is provided that it is the same as what your prescription states. Anything else is prohibited and maybe reported to police.
  • Valuables. We don’t have any secure storage available on site, so please don’t bring anything valuable that you might lose.

What to do

As with any convention, remember the 6-2-1 rule: Get six good hours of sleep each night, eat two good meals each day, and take one good shower each morning. Besides that, just have fun. Furries tend to be a friendly bunch, so get out there, mingle, and chat!

Remember the event staff are just volunteers, and we pay for our tickets just like anyone else. None of us are making anything from the convention and we are doing it for you folks, the NZ furry fandom. So be nice, considerate, and understand that we are trying our best to make this an awesome weekend for all of us.

We’d also like to thank all of those who are attending this year for helping make this event possible. The old cliche remains true - none of this could have happened without your support.