The inaugural Rotorua Mudtopia Festival is being packed away and organisers are taking the opportunity to reflect on the event.

Festival-goers enjoyed the Mud Arena, full of inflatable games, slides and obstacles covered in mud, as well as the Mud Run, and Mud Games Zone.

They were also able to relax with mud-therapy treatments at the Mud Day Spa or with a drink in the bar area.

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Thousands passed through the gates over the three days, but festival director Scott Rice said it was too early to tell how many of those were on free passes.

"From an organiser's point of view it was hard to imagine what it would be like. I'm not sure of the breakdown yet, but I witnessed thousands of people having a good time."

Organisers will now spend the week gathering feedback from staff and through the reactions on social media.

"We want to know what worked well, where there are a few issues and what the new ideas are," Rice said.

For Rice the greatest success was bringing it to life. "Seeing more than a year's work culminating into those three days."

Surrounding the fun there were a few "teething issues".

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"You can do all the planning in the world and still have things go wrong," Rice said.

"Thankfully they are easy fixes for next time, they're not catastrophic.

"Things that are very easy to spot now, in hindsight, that could have made the experience very different."

Some of the issues they are now discussing is that the showers ran out of water, that they ran out of wristbands for the concert and how they can bridge the age gap.

Rice said they were pleasantly surprised to see a lot of families, but they needed to look at the connection between the concert and the rest of the festival.

"The connection between the concert and the younger market and the older market. The demographic was just slightly different to what we were expecting."

He said that eavesdropping on people as they left the concert gave him some great feedback.

"They were saying that this is really what Rotorua needs. The lights and the sounds of it, I think everyone was blown away."

Although medical tents were dotted around the venue there were only minor incidents reported.

"We were pleased to see there were no major incidents," Rice said.

Area prevention manager Inspector Brendon Keenan said they were able to reduce their staffing numbers as a result of the good behaviour of festival-goers.

Rotorua police, alongside Hamilton and Tauranga Traffic Alcohol Groups, were out in force over the weekend. The checkpoints across Rotorua saw 7986 cars stopped during Friday and Saturday evening.

"Police have been working hard to remind road users to stay sober, alert and safe this summer, but unfortunately many people still haven't got the message," Keenan said.

"Across the two days, 42 people who police stopped were over the legal breath alcohol limit, with a number of these over double the limit."