One of our highlights each year is going to the Auckland Lantern Festival. It used to be on in Albert Park but moved to the Auckland Domain in 2016 which is good as there is more space.
It is a popular event, so we recommend that if you are going with a young family that you go early before it gets dark and only stay for a little while once it is dark. Later in the evening it gets alot busier and it's harder to keep track of where your children are in the dark too. If you have really young children who can't stay up late, it's still worth a trip to the domain to have a look at the lanterns in the daytime.
Auckland Lantern Festival is on each year to celebrate the Chinese New Year. It marks the end of the Chinese New Year festivities and is celebrated on the 15th day of the Chinese lunar month.
The 2018 Chinese Lantern Festival welcomes in the Year of the Dog at the Auckland Domain from Thursday 1 March to Sunday 4 March 2018. The event is free to attend. For more information see: www.aucklandnz.com/lantern-festival