Archived: Chinese New Year

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with these events in the city centre
24 January, 2019

The biggest year on the 2019 Chinese calendar takes place on February 5 – Chinese New Year. There are plenty of festivities taking place around the city centre, both on the day and in the weeks following. 

Dress for the occasion

By tradition the Chinese New Year is a time to rid your wardrobe of old clothes and refresh it anew with plenty of new items, symbolising a fresh start and new beginnings. In need of some shopping inspiration? Check out of list of fashion stockists right here in the heart of the city. And remember, red is the colour of the occasion!

Once your outfit is sorted, it's time to celebrate. Check out what's happening below.

Celebrations galore at SKYCITY 

SKYCITY comes alive on Chinese New Year with some incredible activiations including their Chinese New Year Garden at the foot of the Sky Tower, which features a Bridge of Fortune and stunning hanging lanterns. They're also hosting the Chinese New year Federal Street Festival on February 8, with live performances and entertainment and night markets, as well as their Chinese New Year's Eve events and a ceremony on the day (February 5) to officially welcome in the New Year. 

Art installations at Britomart

On January 31, eight large lightboxes featuring photographs by a Chinese New Zealand artist James K Lowe will be installed in a curved formation in Takutai Square. Lowe has photographed Chinese plants including orchids, bamboo, chrysanthemums and peonies which are exchanged as gifts at Chinese New Year. The installation will stay there until February 18. Also during the Chinese New Year period, Britomart have also introduced the Britomart Red Card as a fun alternative to the Britomart Black Card. Made with gold detailing, as well as a custom envelope, these really are beautiful little cards to help anyone get into the spirit of Chinese New Year.

Food trucks at Chancery Square

Chinese New Year celebrations are also taking off at Chancery Square. Bringing you food trucks for Chinese bites and Asian flavours from 12 – 8pm, Year of the Pig cupcakes from Delish Cupcakes, lantern decorations and a traditional lion dance at 5:30pm from E-PACS Lion & Dragon Dance Group (held opposite Chancery Square in Freyberg Square).

High Tea at Cooke’s Restaurant & Bar

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Cooke’s Restaurant & Bar / Hotel Grand Windsor, savouring the season’s tastes with every bite, served with their T2 selection of teas. Starting from only $49 pp. Available from 5-19th February 2019. 

Musical performances at Central City Library

Celebrate the Year of the Pig with Auckland Libraries from February 2-16. Chinese eMagazines, eJournals and a selection of new Chinese books curated by librarians are available as well as the Sounds of the Chinese Guzheng event at the Central City Libary on February 16 from 1-2pm. The Guzheng is an instrument which originated in China more than 2500 years ago. To welcome in the Year of the Pig, students from Zheng’s Music Studio will perform arrangements on the Guzheng (Chinese zither).