The Auckland Lantern Festival has been postponed to 4-7 March at Captain Cook Wharf on the waterfront.  

This is Auckland’s largest cultural festival. Here are a few tips to make sure you have a great experience.  

Book your FREE tickets:

If you haven’t heard already, this year you will need to book a free ticket and entry time to Auckland Lantern Festival.

  • Auckland Lantern Festival will be ticketed this year to support crowd and capacity management and contact tracing. Ticketing will help spread crowds throughout the day so everyone can have the best Lantern Festival.
  • Book your FREE tickets as soon as possible to avoid missing out! You will need to choose a specific entry time when you book your ticket online. Your ticket will only be valid for the entry time stated on the ticket.
  • You will need to choose a specific entry time when you book your ticket online. Your ticket will only be valid for the entry time stated on the ticket.
  • Tickets will be limited per entry time – so make sure you get in early to avoid missing out!
  • Remember to bring your ticket with you on the day - tickets will be scanned on entry.
  • For more information about ticketing, go to our ticketing page

Arrive early and plan your travel in advance:

  • Arrive at the festival at least 30 minutes before the entry time stated on your ticket.
  • The Festival entry on Queen’s Wharf is close to bus  stops, the ferry terminal and  Britomart transport station.
  • Plan your travel ahead of time and give yourself plenty of time to get there and home.
  • For more information on getting to the festival go to our getting there page

Help make Lantern Festival unstoppable:

  • The Auckland Lantern Festival will be delivered in line with Ministry of Health guidelines for events. Please follow Ministry of Health guidelines here to keep yourself and others safe. 

  • Stay home if you are sick and call your doctor or Healthline.  

  • Turn on Bluetooth tracing on your COVID Tracer App and check in using the QR codes at entry and throughout the festival.  

  • Wash or sanitise your hands regularly using the hand sanitiser stations at the festival.  

  • Wear a face covering on public transport to and from the festival. 

Bring with you:

  • Your tickets – Tickets will be required for entry. Double check the date and entry time on your ticket. Have your tickets ready to scan once you clear the bag search area. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to enter the festival if you don’t have the relevant ticket.
  • Only bring what is necessary - travel light for ease of movement amongst the crowds of festival goers. 
  • Appropriate clothing - The weather is changeable in Auckland, so bring sunscreen, a hat, and a raincoat. Umbrellas for shade and rain are also allowed.
  • Bring some cash – queues are expected to get quite long at cash-out sites and while some food stalls have EFTPOS, many take only cash. 

Picnic chairs, blankets and cushions are also allowed in the festival, but please note that the festival can get busy and there may be limited space. If you are bringing chairs, please be respectful of others.

Leave behind:

  • Cigarettes, pipes, vapes – the Auckland Lantern Festival is a smokefree event. 
  • Dogs – service dogs are welcome. The festival gets busy, and we recommend you leave your pets at home.
  • Alcohol – the festival is alcohol-free and intoxicated festivalgoers will be asked to leave. 

For people with limited mobility:

  • As a flat site, the new waterfront venue will provide more comfortable movement for those with mobility issues.
  • Accessible ‘drop-off’ parking will be available on Queens Wharf.
  • Accessible toilets will be available at the festival. 


For parents:

  • The Auckland Lantern Festival is a free, family-friendly event. 
  • It can get very busy during the festival, 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. 
  • We suggest you leave larger prams and pushchairs at home if possible.
  • Agree on a meeting place if family members get separated. 
  • There will be Lost Kids/Information tents – just ask one of our friendly staff, volunteers or security team where the nearest one is. 

Where to watch the fireworks:

  • There will be an eight-minute firework display off a barge in the harbour at approximately 10pm on Sunday night.
  • If you haven’t got a ticket to attend the festival during this time, you can enjoy the show from many vantage points around Auckland.


If you would like to provide us with feedback or suggestions regarding Auckland Lantern Festival 2021, please email us.