Past Event4 Mar - 7 Mar 2021

Auckland Lantern Festival 2021

No longer available

Captain Cook Wharf, Quay Street (entry via Queens Wharf)


A message from the Festival organisers:

Following Saturday night’s announcement that Auckland will be in Alert Level 3 until Saturday, 6 March, the Auckland Lantern Festival has been cancelled.  

The event, which was due to be held from 4-7 March, can only be delivered at Alert Level 1. With Auckland under Alert Level 3 for the first three days of the Festival, the decision has been made to cancel the event. 

We would like to acknowledge the hard work of the Lantern Festival team, the performers and stallholders, sponsors, and every person involved in the planning of the event this year. 

If you had a ticket to attend the festival, don't worry you don’t need to do anything; your ticket(s) will be automatically cancelled. 



Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Come and celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Ox at the 2021 Auckland Lantern Festival. This is Auckland's largest cultural festival and New Zealand's premiere annual four-day festival celebrating Chinese New Year, Chinese culture and Auckland's Chinese communities. 

Enjoy hundreds of elaborate handmade Chinese lanterns, cultural song, music and dance performances, craft demonstrations, activations and competitions, food stalls, fireworks and more. 

Ticketing and event info:

The Auckland Lantern Festival will be ticketed this year to support crowd and capacity management, and contact tracing. Book your FREE tickets now via the Tickets & Times tab. Please visit the festival during the entry time stated on your ticket.  

We respectfully ask you to limit your time at the festival to three hours, so that other members of the community can enjoy the festival too. 

The Auckland Lantern Festival is a family-friendly, smoke-free, alcohol-free event. For more information, visit 

Presented by Auckland Unlimited, on behalf of Auckland Council, in association with founding partner Asia New Zealand Foundation.  

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