Check out our Top Tips for getting the most out of the Auckland Diwali Festival!
For children:
  • Have fun in the kids’ zone, with games and entertainment, and hear stories from the Auckland Libraries’ mobile library team.
  • Create a colourful rangoli design, a traditional Indian art form.
  • Watch performers on the main stage, including dancers of all ages in the Radio Tarana Bollywood Dance competition.
For parents:
  • The Auckland Diwali Festival is a free, family-friendly event.
  • Thousands of people attend each year, so just in case you get separated, write your mobile phone number on your child’s arm or hand and snap a photo of your child in the day’s outfit when you arrive.
  • Agree on a meeting place if family members get separated.
  • The Lost Kids tent is at the base of the Auckland Town Hall clock tower.
For people with limited mobility:
  • Accessible parking and drop-off areas are marked on the festival map.
  • Crowds tends to be their biggest from 6.30pm onwards at the food stalls and 7.30-9pm in front of the main stage.
  • Accessible toilets are available on Rutland St.
For first-time festival goers:
  • Grab some food when you arrive, before the food stalls get super busy; check out the entertainment on the main stage; then head to the craft stalls.
  • Try the delicious street food on offer – try the savory dahi puri,  pani puri or aloo tikki; or the sweet treats of jalebi or gulab jamun.
  • Come for lunch, and find a spot on the grass to eat, while you watch the performances.
  • Get a temporary henna tattoo.
  • Crowds tends to be their biggest from 6.30pm onwards at the food stalls and 7.30-9pm in front of the main stage.
  • Agree on a meeting point should you get separated – like the Waharoa – the carved Māori entranceway in Aotea Square.
For bringing with you:
  • Travel light for ease of movement amongst the crowds of festival goers.
  • This is Auckland – the weather is changeable – bring sunscreen, a hat, and a raincoat.
  • Bring your friends and family – it’s a great group outing, and a family-festival event with something for all ages.
For leaving behind:
  • Cigarettes, pipes, vapes – the Auckland Diwali Festival is smokefree.
  • Dogs – service dogs are welcome, but the festival attracts large crowds (54,000 last year) and your pet may be happier at home.
  • Alcohol – the festival is alcohol-free and intoxicated festival-goers will be asked to leave.
For being social:
For getting assistance at the festival:
  • If you feel unwell at the Auckland Diwali Festival, St. John is on-site in Aotea Square to provide first aid assistance
  • If you lose your child – or your parents – the Lost Kids tent below the Town Hall clock, or festival staff and volunteers wear bright orange visibility vests and can help you out.
For travelling to and from the festival:
  • Avoid parking hassles and catch public transport to the Auckland Diwali Festival - Aotea Square is in walking distance from the Britomart Transport Centre and the ferry terminals.
  • Auckland Transport have extra bike racks at Aotea Square for people cycling to the festival.
  • Accessible parking and drop-off areas are marked on the festival map at www.aucklandnz.com/diwali.
  • Queen Street is closed between Mayoral Dr and Wellesley St West, so some bus stops are affected.
  • Check train services and information on temporary bus stop closures in advance and plan your travel from anywhere in Auckland.