Chinese New Year 2017

It's time to celebrate the year of the rooster in the central city
19 January, 2017

The traditional and timeless celebration of Chinese New Year is about to arrive in Auckland from Friday 27 January. This important Chinese festival celebrates the turning of the Chinese calendar, and will welcome in the Year of the Rooster. There are plenty of ways that you can get in amongst the celebrations and events that are taking place right in the heart of the city.

Check out our top recommendations below: 

SKYCITY Chinese New Year Celebrations 

With everything from dragon dancing to taiko drumming to acrobats and stilt walkers SKYCITY are ringing in Chinese New Year with a bang. This fantastic calendar of events over Chinese New Year kicks off from Friday 27 January and will run until Saturday 11 February. Why not grab a table at The Fed with friends and family and take in all the spectacle. 

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra - Tan Dun 

Luminary Chinese composer Tan Dun is set to make his New Zealand debut with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in a one-of-a-kind show on Tuesday 31 January at the Auckland Town Hall. This evocative composer uses everything from traditional Chinese instruments to mobile phones to craft music that captures the transcendental quality of nature and will make for a very memorable experience this Chinese New Year. 

Lantern Festival 2017 

Explore the bright lights of this year’s Lantern Festival at the Auckland Domain from Thursday 9 until Sunday 12 February. This unique sensory experience will feature hundreds of hand crafted lanterns and includes a range of family friendly entertainment including music, dance, martial arts displays and workshops, arts and crafts stalls, and fireworks along with the very popular Night Noodle Markets.  ​

Grand Harbour 

If you’re looking to dine out with friends this Chinese New Year then there’s no better spot in the heart of the city than Grand Harbour in Auckland’s Viaduct. This authentic Chinese Yum Cha features a yummy menu that includes items such as authentic Chinese duck and seafood dishes and over 70 different varieties of Dim Sum. ​

'Being Chinese In New Zealand' 

Finally, take a step back into the past with this remarkable new photographic installation at Auckland War Memorial Museum which documents the history of Chinese New Zealanders from the late 1840s to the early 2000s. This exhibition features over 100 rare photographs and launches to the public on Friday 10 February.