Just when we sadly think the New Year’s fun is over, Chinese New Years is suddenly in full bloom. The Chinese New Year is all about gathering with loved ones to spend time together and we’ve found the best places to do just that.
This year we’re welcoming in the year of the pig, so give those resolutions another shot and embrace all the festivities around the city.
Auckland Domain Lantern Festival
Thursday 14th– Sunday 17th February
It wouldn’t be a Chinese New Year in Auckland without the annual Lantern Festival. For four days the festival ignites hundreds of homemade lanterns throughout the Auckland Domain in celebration of the new year. 2019’s festival will be no different from the usual spectacular set up—authentic Asian food stalls, live roaming performances, amazing art installations, and tremendous fireworks show to end the festival with a bang. Everyone is invited to the city’s largest new year’s celebration.
Chinese New Year Festival and Day Market
Saturday 2nd February
The Auckland Chinese Community Centre Inc has been celebrating Chinese New Year in the largest way possible at ASB Showgrounds for more than 30 years. The one-day event commences with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern making an appearance with a traditional dragon/lion dance. This is followed by 200 exotic Chinese delicacies to taste, dozens of cultural songs, dances, and musical pieces to experience. There will also be games, rides, and other.
Chinese New Year Acrobatics
Sunday 3rd February
Celebrate the year of the pig is with an adrenaline-pumping performance from traditional Chinese acrobatics. The Jinan Acrobatics Troupe has been flying through the air for close to 60 years, and we’re lucky enough to be hosting the talented performers at the Vodafone Events Centre. The techniques and costumes are all authentic to the traditional culture, so make sure to grab a ticket now for the performance of a lifetime.
Whau Chinese New Year Festival
Sunday 10th February
The Chinese New Years in New Lynn is back for another round of summer fun. The free event invites friends and families from all cultures to spend the day at Olympic Park to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Consider it a celebration of all cultures with ethnical performances, art installations, and food stalls offering treats from all around the globe. Slap on the sunblock and grab a picnic blanket to take in everything the Whau festival has to offer.
New Zealand has a diversity of cultures and Auckland Museum thinks that is something pretty special. Level one of the iconic building remains a permanent home to the Arts of Asia exhibition. The gallery features more than 7,000 objects originating from the mass continent. The entirety of the art captures the material creativity and beautifully intricate designs of different cultures spanned across Asia. So why not get clued up about the Chinese culture to ring in the New Year?
Chinese New Year at SKYCITY
Monday 4th– Monday 25th February
SKYCITY are masters when it comes to toasting the Chinese New Year. Explore the pop-up garden, set just below the Sky Tower, decorated with lanterns and Chinese flora and fauna. Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Monday, 4 February outside SKYCITY with dancing lions, dragons, and pandas. On Friday, 8 February, Federal Street will be converted into a mini-festival with food stalls, live entertainment, and a night market. If you can’t make it to either event, head along at any time during the holiday period, because it will be buzzing with entertainment all the way through.
Year Of The Pig Exhibition And Auction
Saturday 9th– Thursday 28th February
The Parnell Business Association always take the Chinese new year seriously, and the year of the pig is no different. This year, an exhibition will be held at Jonathan Grant Galleries. It features more than 20 artists who have created pig artworks to for auction on the Thursday 28 February. Favourites include local artist Paul Walsh, award-winning Wei Lun Ha, and painter Dalene Meiring.
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Image Credit: Todd Eyre