The Auckland Lantern Festival returns to the Auckland Domain this year and it is bigger than ever! The celebration starts tomorrow Thursday 9 February until Sunday 12 February. If you’ve been to the previous years’ festivals, you already know how busy and crowded it can be. If it’s your first time, fret not, we have gathered some tips for you and your mates to enjoy the night without worry.
Plan your visit.
- Decide which day you want to visit and what time is best for you and your mates’ schedule.
- Keep in mind that there is a Lantern Appreciation Night on 9 February. There will be no food stalls and performances that night so most likely it’ll be quiet.
- If you live in town, or close to the Domain, consider going there by foot or by bike. If live farther, take the bus. This way you could avoid wasting time looking for a parking space.
- Saturday night is usually the busiest night. However, if you want to see some fireworks, come on Sunday for the finale!
- You might want to bring a bottle water and towel with you. It gets hot and you’ll be sweaty. There will be stalls selling drinks but you have to wait!
- We suggest you wear your most comfortable shoes. Trust us with this.
- Make sure you have a fully charged phone or camera with you. It’s obvious but we know how smartphones work these days.
At the festival.
- If you come to the festival for the food, grab some as early as you can! The food stalls get super busy and you might have to wait more than 30 minutes just to get yourself food and drinks.
- Check out the Kari Street Commons where the Auckland Night Noodle Markets will be open from 5pm to 10pm on Thursday, 4pm to 10pm on Friday, and 1pm to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday.
- The festival gets really crowded so don’t meet up at the Domain with your friends. Choose somewhere easy to find and remember like the gates of the Domain or at the bus stop in front of the hospital.
- Don’t wear slippers just in case you got stepped on. You know how it’ll hurt.
- Take as many photos as you want but be mindful of the people around you. Don’t push anyone just for that perfect shot. Wait for people to finish their pose. Don’t block the lanterns for too long.
- Don’t consider smoking at the festival. It is a smokefree event and you don’t want to burn the lanterns, do you?
Auckland Lantern Festival is delivered by Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED), on behalf of Auckland Council, in partnership with the Asia New Zealand Foundation. It is a free event and open to everyone.