Past Event13 Apr - 28 Apr 2024


No longer available

Aotea Square

Family & Kids

UPDATE: Friday, 26 April, ARBORIALIS Luminarium will open at 11.30 am this morning.  The delay was due to a power outage in Auckland city today.  

 All pre-booked ticket holders will be given priority entrance.  Walk-up tickets are available at the Luminarium box office in Aotea Square.

 And don't forget to check out the free circus performances and workshops with The Dust Palace over on the grass terraces of Aotea Square. 

 Ngā mihi nui | Thank you The Auckland Live Team.


Step inside a fantastical labyrinth of light and colour. 

After their sell-out success in 2015, the Architects of Air return to Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland this April with their newest inflatable sculpture, ARBORIALIS Luminarium

Inspired by the natural world, simulating the wonder and awe of being lost in a forest, ARBORIALIS Luminarium features a kaleidoscope of colour, light and an ethereal soundscape from the Song of Danu by Irish Composer Dr Michael Morris.  

This colourful world will delight visitors of all ages and is the perfect place to wander, explore, relax or find an oasis of tranquillity in the twists and turns of each tunnel within the luminarium. 


Plus, help us #LightUpAKL by sharing your photos of ARBORIALIS Luminarium across Instagram and be in to win tickets to an upcoming show at Auckland Live.

Patrons with pre-booked tickets take priority. Door sales for ARBORIALIS Luminarium are available from the box office in Aotea Square during the opening times. Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis. In situations of high attendance, the ticketing queue may close off early.
To access the Aotea Centre bathrooms between 1pm - 5pm on Anzac Day Thu 25 Apr, please enter the building from Aotea Square via Entrance 3, which is left of The Terrace and to the right of Barry Lett's Red Dancer wall sculpture.

Want to run away with the circus while you're hanging around Aotea Square? 

Join The Dust Palace on the Grass Terraces of Aotea Square for FREE performances, activities, and give-it-a-go circus workshops until Sun 28 April.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ticket Availability and Admission Times

  • A limited number of advanced tickets to ARBORIALIS Luminarium are available for pre-purchase online. We recommend booking in advance where possible to secure your preferred date and time.
  • Advanced ticket holders will have priority admission up to 30 minutes from the time indicated on the ticket – a small wait should still be expected.
  • Where advance sales are sold out online, there will be walk-up tickets available on site during operating hours for immediate queuing and entry.
  • Door tickets will be available at the luminarium during opening hours on a first come, first served basis.
  • Advanced ticket holders should arrive at the site 10 minutes prior to their booked entry time for priority admission 30 minutes from the time indicated on the ticket.
  • Entry is subject to a queue: ticket holders will be admitted where capacity allows.
  • Online tickets are not available for the first 30 minutes and final 1 hour of opening times.


  • This is a self-guided experience – please allow 20 minutes to explore the luminarium.

Age Suitability

  • Children 3 years and under are admitted free of charge.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be supervised by an adult at all times – entry is subject to supervision of a maximum of four children per adult guardian.


  • ARBORIALIS Luminarium is wheelchair accessible. Priority entry will be granted to patrons who use wheelchairs.
  • The luminarium is not suitable for Assistance Dogs as it's not an environment that dogs feel comfortable in. We have a shaded area for Assistance Dogs to remain outside the luminarium while you explore inside. 
  • Please note that prams must be left outside of the luminarium. Pram parking is available at entry.

Photos and Photography Equipment

  • Feel free to take as many photos as you would like with your phone, and don’t forget to tag @aucklandlive and #LightUpAKL in your posts. 
  • Large telephoto lense, tripods and large video equipment are not allowed due to their size.


  • Public toilets are available in the Aotea Centre.
  • Shoes are not to be worn within ARBORIALIS Luminarium. There will be a shoe rack available for visitors to leave their shoes before entering the luminarium. Please note this is at the owner’s risk.

Refunds and Exchanges

  • There are no refunds on tickets except as required by law.
  • Exchanges into an alternative timeslot are available (subject to availability).

What if I miss my session time?

You can join the line at any time on your ticket date and enter after your specific session time. Please note that if you miss your entry time, a small wait should be expected.

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