Getting to and from the festival

It’s a busy weekend around Auckland from 14-17 February, with both the Wellington Phoenix and Blues v Crusaders playing at Eden Park as well.

Plan your travel in advance - with up to 200,000 people attending Auckland Lantern Festival every year, and extensive parking restrictions and road closures in place, we suggest you plan ahead for travelling to the Auckland Domain.

The Domain can be easily reached from any part of the city, by public transport, by foot, bike, or car.

It’s a 30-minute walk from downtown Auckland, or you can take a quick bus or train ride.

Plan your trip ahead and think about other travel options, like taking public transport, cycling or parking at an AT parking building in the city, then walking to the Domain.

Parking – or park and ride:

There are road closures and extensive parking restrictions in place for the festival, which limits the availability of on-street parking. 

Parking spaces in nearby parking buildings are in high demand – if driving, please be prepared for queues on arrival and departure at parking buildings. 

Consider parking further away and walking or taking public transport to the festival.

Auckland Transport Park and Ride locations

Auckland Transport Parking Location Map

Bus and train

Regular buses and trains will drop you off within a short walk of the Auckland Domain. For public transport options to the Auckland Lantern Festival, use the Auckland Transport Journey Planner

If you’re travelling from the North Shore, take the Northern Express bus into the city, then get on a Western Line train at Britomart and get off at Grafton. The Domain is then only a short walk along Park Road.

From the South, get on a Southern Line train, then at Newmarket transfer to a Western Line train and get off at Grafton.

Multiple bus routes stop nearby, including the Inner Link, but please note that bus stops on Park Rd may be affected by road closures in place for the festival.

Multiple bus routes stop nearby, including the Inner Link, but please note that bus stops on Park Rd may be affected by road closures in place for the festival.

Walking and Cycling

The Auckland Lantern Festival is located at the Auckland Domain, which can easily be reached by foot from the city centre. It is about a 25-30 minute walk from downtown Auckland (Britomart Station) and 20-25 minute walk from the centre (Aotea Square).

Cycle to the Auckland Lantern Festival! Auckland Transport provides secure bike parks at the festival. The Bike Valet parks are next to the information tents and are marked on the festival map.

Lime Scooters

There will be two Lime Scooter drop off/pick up zones on site. We encourage everyone arriving via Lime Scooter to walk their scooter to one of these sites, as there will be big crowds to navigate around inside the Domain. 

Please don’t leave the scooter where someone might trip over it.

Hospital traffic

Auckland City Hospital and Starship Hospital are both open and operating as normal during the Auckland Lantern Festival, including their busy emergency departments. If you are attending the festival, please look out for ambulances and give them right of way; help keep the entrances to the hospitals clear for patients, whānau, visitors and staff; and stay out of the hospital grounds and carparks unless you are visiting the hospitals.


Accessibility parking and drop-off
For people in wheelchairs or with impaired mobility, the easiest place to park or be dropped off to experience the Lantern Festival is on Cenotaph Road (access is from Maunsell Rd).

You can view our accessibility map here.


A few helpful tips:
All temporary toilet zones have accessible units.

The Lantern Festival attracts up to 200,000 people each year, crowds tend to be their biggest from 6.00pm onwards at the food stalls. If you don’t like big crowds, try coming early in the evening, or on the quieter Thursday night (Lantern Appreciation Night).

If you have any queries, please contact us by email. We hope that you have an enjoyable time at the festival!

Download accessibility map.