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How To Celebrate Chinese New Year In Auckland

By Bella Ramdhanie - 13 Feb 2018

things to do for the Chinese new Year 2017 Auckland

We understand that resolutions aren’t always easy to keep. It’s February, so granted, some of us may have fallen short on our resolutions and #eatingclean is looking tougher than it did on the 31st.

For those who haven’t quite done 2018 justice—yet—these upcoming celebrations will have your year look brighter! The Chinese New Year celebrations are in full swing and we’re ready to kick-start this new year just that little bit bigger and better.

Auckland has an epic line-up of festivities coming your way, so get your calendars out and raise your glasses to the year of the dog!

Happy Lunar New Year | February 9 – 23


If you’re in the mood for indulgence, do it right at the Stamford Plaza! The Year of the Dog is being celebrated with one hell of an impressive menu at this joint. The mouth-wateringly good line-up is set to include the likes of five-spiced roasted duck, kung pao chicken and mandarin crème brulee. Ah, bliss.

Allure Of The Orient | February 15 – March 2


The beauty of the Chinese New Year is truly being captured by SKYCITY. Allure of the Orient includes authentic live performances, a market serving delish feeds and a Chinese-inspired pop-up garden. Entertainment is set to include dragon dancers, musicians and dancing pandas. It’s gonna be a celebration worth attending, so be sure to mark this one in your diary!

Celebrate The Year Of The Dog At Cordis | February 15 – 18


Looking for delectable dishes that will make your night unforgettable? Then head to Eight restaurant for an extravagant meal that’ll leave you with a verrry happy belly. Inspired by the Chinese New Year, this extra special dinner is being prepared to include the likes of crispy pork belly, slurrrptastic noodles, sweet and sour Singapore crab, peking duk and much more. Y u m.  

Chinese New Year Celebration | February 17


With Botany Town Centre providing the goods, the New Year celebrations are only gonna get better. The party in full festival style Saturday the 17th with the likes of lanterns, traditional food and cultural performances taking over Botany Town Centre. This authentically beautiful street festival is bound to have you feeling good about 2018 and all that’s to come. We mean, there’s a range of wonderful Chinese cuisine on offer... it’s set to be a truly delightful day.

Chinese New Year Celebration | February 18


Head to Pakuranga for an afternoon of colour and creation, where Chinese culture will be celebrated in a range of magnificent ways. Partnering with The Pakuranga Chinese Association, the exciting event will include a line-up of more than 100 different performers! These performances are set to showcase lion dancers (ah, epic?!), drummers, singers, dancers and an orchestra. Embrace the rich culture by enjoying demonstrations of traditional calligraphy and painting. This is one for the whole fam, so round em’ up and don’t miss it!

Lantern Festival | March 1 – 4


One of the most spectacular events in Auckland is back! Yup, you guessed it, the Lantern Festival is back and it’s bigger and brighter than ever (pun intended). Feast your eyes at the colourful event, which will showcase more than 800 illuminated, homemade Chinese lanterns. Of course, a stage full of traditional entertainment and the chance to delve into delectable feeds is also promised. So, put on your stretchy pants (extra room for dumplings is essential) and get ready to be amazed.

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