BNZ Auckland Lantern Festival

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at BNZ Auckland Lantern Festival 2024.

  • Date Te rā me te wā

    2025 Dates to be announced
  • Price Utu hoko

    Free Entry
  • Location Te wāhi

    Manukau Sports Bowl

Festival, Transport& Parking Information

Festival Activities

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🐉 Hundreds of Lanterns

Over 500 handmade lanterns will be on display across four days including a brand-new lantern commissioned to commemorate the Year of the Dragon in 2024

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Watch traditional & contemporary performances come to life in the cultural courtyard and on our main stage.

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40+ street stalls will be on-site selling delicious food from many cultures, supported by a range of retail stalls including craft and gift merchandise.

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🎠 Amusement Rides

Entertain the kids with the various amusement rides on offer.

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Shoot for the stars at the BNZ Basketball Court, with skills sessions featuring guest appearances from BNZ Breakers and BNZ Northern Kāhu players giveaways, and more, or take in the mainstage performances from the BNZ Grandstand.

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🎆 Fireworks on Sunday Night

On Sunday 25 February the festival will close with a spectacular fireworks display from the centre of the park at approximately 9:50pm. See festival map for details.


Check out the latest news on BNZ Auckland Lantern Festival.

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Lantern Festival back after four year hiatus

BNZ & Tātaki Auckland Unlimited said the festival, which will be held at the Manukau Sports Bowl starting on the 22 February, will feature 44 stalls and more than 500 lanterns.


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Auckland's iconic Diwali and Lantern Festivals secure naming rights partnership with BNZ

Two of the country’s most iconic cultural celebrations, the Auckland Diwali Festival and the Auckland Lantern Festival, will continue to delight locals and visitors thanks to a new naming rights sponsorship agreement with the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ).


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