New Zealand’s largest Chinese festival – this year celebrating the new Year of the Dog – is a big, festive 4 days and nights in the Auckland Domain. Kicking off on Thursday, 1 March with Lantern Appreciation Night (with no stalls, performances or amusements), the festival ramps up from Friday (2nd) to Sunday (4th) with not only the hundreds of spectacular handmade lanterns, but also the best of traditional and contemporary Chinese culture.
The Domain heaves with music, dance and theatre performers from New Zealand and China, martial arts displays and workshops, arts and craft stalls, food stalls selling delicious, authentic Chinese cuisine and of course, a big fireworks display to finish.
You’ll also find amusement rides for kids; karaoke and DJ stages; short films; face-painting; dough and sugar artists; calligraphers and much more!
The Domain is a short walk from the city centre and Grafton Train Station, is close to city cycleways and is well-served by buses. Auckland Transport will be operating a secure bike valet service at the festival. Check out bus and train services at www.at.govt.nz, or for more details, hit the event website.