Following the February 27th announcement that Auckland will be at Alert Level 3 until 6 March, the 2021 Auckland Lantern Festival has been cancelled.

The event, which was originally scheduled for 25-28 February and postponed to 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.

Celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Ox at the 2021 Auckland Lantern Festival, taking place over four nights and three days from Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 March, on Captain Cook and Marsden Wharves.

The festival sees the public enjoy hundreds of elaborate handmade Chinese lanterns on display, cultural song, music, and dance performances, craft demonstrations, sponsor activations and competitions, retail and food stalls, and a fireworks display.  

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

This is a free, family-friendly event. Make sure to pre-book your FREE tickets, choosing a specific entry time via

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Last updated: 11 June 2019