Festival Information

Experience contemporary and traditional Indian culture in Auckland; watch live performances, taste an array of Indian delicacies – all vegetarian, browse small local retailers, or try your hand at rangoli art or henna.  This is a no alcohol and smoke-free, family-friendly festival.

 

  • Saturday-Sunday 8-9 October 2022
    Aotea Square and Queen St

  • Vegatarian food options
  • Family friendly
  • Wheelchair accessible
Festival Map

Public map of Auckland Diwali Festival on Aotea Square & Queen St.

Getting Here

View transport options for getting to Auckland Diwali Festival.

Festival Activities

Find out more about the various entertainment on offer during the festival.

Festival map

Informative summary about where stages, vendors, & activities will be across the weekend on Aotea Square & Queen St.

Auckland Diwali Festival 2022 Public Map ofAotea Centre & Queen St

 

 

Getting here

We encourage the use of public transport or alternatives like e-scooter, ride shares (taxi), cycling and walking, where possible.

Bus

There are regular bus services to and from the city from locations across Auckland. Final services are generally between 11pm and 12am (midnight). 

Half Price Discount fares/passes apply for bus services.

park and ride

If you are driving to the festival, please consider there may be queues on arrival and departure at nearby parking buildings during peak times of the festival. We recommend the use of park & ride facilities around Auckland.

View car park options. For accessible parking & drop-off areas,  see the festival map.

train

There are regular train services to Britomart Train Station, located at the bottom of Queen Street, a 15 to 20 minute walk to Aotea Square.

Half Price Discount fares/passes apply for train services.

Festival Activities

Full Festival Programme

View all scheduled performances & activation times.

Programme Highlights

View a summary of activities taking place.

Diwali performers

Music & Performances

Come along and enjoy two days of amazing dance & musical performances across a range of styles on three different stages, and hear incredible music showcasing traditional and contemporary Indian culture and Auckland's diverse Indian communities.

Auckland Diwali Festival Stallholder

Stalls

Set your sights on mouth-watering vegetarian food, vibrant arts and various crafts stalls that will bring Queen St alive.

 

Chalk it Up!

Chalk It Up!

View rangoli chalk designs on Bledisloe Lane (located between Aotea Square and Wellesley Street West) made by local artists. A competition run by Asia New Zealand Foundation.

ASB at Auckland Diwali Festival

Activations and Giveaways

Visit our sponsors: ASB, ZM & Flava, Radio Tarana, The Indian Weekender, Mithaiwala, and New Zealand Cricket.

Fireworks in Aotea Square

Fireworks

On Sunday 9th October, the festival will close with a spectacular fireworks display from the Aotea Centre rooftop. 

(approximate time: 8:50pm)

Signature Diwali Dishes

Thali mixed plate of potato curry & rice cultural dish at Auckland Diwali Festival
The Terrace Café

For the week of Diwali, enjoy the Terrace Diwali Thali (pictured). Available from Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th October.

Pakoras dish at Auckland Diwali Festival
Food Stalls

Experience the largest vegetarian festival in New Zealand with an array of food vendors offering mouth-watering Indian dishes including Pakora (pictured), Pav Bhaji, and Kulfi.

Container in the square cafe menu items diwali
Container in the Square Café

Two diwali-inspired dishes will be on offer including Kawa kawa Paneer Kati Roll (cottage cheese roll) & Malpua Rabdi (dessert). Available only on the weekend.

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