The Auckland Lantern Festival is celebrated on the first full moon following the Chinese New Year. This is one of the Auckland events that I like to attend every year. The lanterns get better every year, and they look great lit up at night. They look great in photos. There is a wide variety of good Asian food and drinks available. This year I took in just a little more performance than I have in the past – not because it isn’t well worth it. I hope you can see the enthusiasm on the faces of the tiny dancers! They all gave great performances.
For more on the Auckland Lantern Festival visit Auckland’s website: http://www.aucklandnz.com/lantern
The Lantern Festival has a reputation for being very crowded, and for difficult parking. I parked at Bayswater Marina and took the ferry over, but that meant that I had to leave before sundown (there is a later ferry on Friday nights). I enjoyed the festival during the day, when there was really no crowd to speak of. But the lanterns do look best at night.
Albert Park is a nice park and wort a visit at any time. The stars are some really amazing trees. I think you can appreciate their beauty in some of these pictures.