Head to Auckland’s North Shore for Elemental AKL’s magical after-dark outdoor light festival.

Now in its fifth year, the Stellar – Festival of Lights at Smales Farm is expected to be the biggest and brightest yet! There will be seemingly endless lights, food and music to entertain and dazzle the whole whanau. This free, family-friendly, starry-eyed experience is a unique and fun way to learn about and celebrate Matariki, the Māori New Year.  

The three-day event combines innovative light shows, interactive light installations, live entertainment, cultural workshops and more!  There’s delicious food and great homegrown music in the lineup.  Goodside – Auckland’s newest dining precinct will be offering event special food and some of your favourite food trucks will be on-site to serve up kai during the event. Expect fun entertainment and a boogie or two with appearances from a variety of DJs too.  

This year, local schools will be developing their own light installations for display. The ground floor of the state-of-the art B:HIVE building will be transformed into a mesmerizing zone of interactivity and light design, alongside dazzling installations designed by award-winning light architect, Angus Muir.  

Stellar has been a part of the North Shore community since 2015.  It is one of the largest and most popular events for New Zealand’s Matariki Festival, attracting over 15,000 visitors annually.  

The fusion of creativity, innovation and technology is symbolic of Smales Farm’s vision of creating a Next Generation Neighbourhood – a vibrant, people-focused destination and a key member of the community. “Our vision for Stellar is to create New Zealand’s largest and brightest lighting festival, but with a distinctly New Zealand flavour,” says Mark Kelly of Smales Farm Management.  

Stellar – Festival of Lights is part of Elemental AKL. It kicks off today (Friday, 12 July) and runs until the 14th from 5.00pm to 10.00pm. Take advantage of this free event and all its wonders! Grab your jumpers and cameras and join the fun in this after-dark extravaganza at Smales Farm in Takapuna.