Auckland Lantern Festival 2022 cancelled
  • Auckland Lantern Festival 2022 at Auckland Showgrounds has been cancelled.
  • Event was scheduled for 10 -13 Feb 2022.
  • Festival can only be delivered at Covid-19 Protection Framework orange or green settings.
  • Enjoy the Auckland Lantern Festival 2022 digital programme at from 1 February.


Following New Zealand’s move to the red setting of the Covid-19 Protection Framework, the 2022 Auckland Lantern Festival at Auckland Showgrounds has been cancelled.

The event, which was scheduled for 10 – 13 February, can only be delivered under the Framework’s orange or green settings. 

With the uncertainty of how long the country will remain at red, the decision has been made to cancel the event.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff acknowledges the disappointment of the event no longer going ahead. 

“The Auckland Lantern Festival is New Zealand’s largest cultural celebration, and a key component of the Auckland event calendar, especially for the Auckland-Chinese community,” he says. 

“After the cancellation due to Covid of the 2020 and 2021 festivals and other major Chinese New Year events scheduled for early next month, this year’s event was highly anticipated, and we are disappointed to have to cancel it again."

Mayor Goff encourages Aucklanders to visit the Auckland Lantern Festival 2022 digital programme at From 1 February this site will feature content specially created for celebrating the 2022 Chinese New Year and the Year of the Tiger.

Auckland Unlimited Director of Arts, Entertainment and Events, Richard Clarke, says Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland has been enjoying a brilliant summer of events, and it is a major blow to not be able to round out the season with the Auckland Lantern Festival.

“Our festival staff, performers, stallholders, sponsors and everyone involved in the planning were buzzing at bringing back the festival after a two-year absence. 

“Their work, dedication and passion for the event have been monumental, and I would like to acknowledge them all.” 

The Auckland Lantern Festival is delivered by the region’s economic and cultural agency Auckland Unlimited on behalf of Auckland Council and is supported by founding partner Asia New Zealand Foundation.


For further information please contact:

Meredith McGrath

Communications Advisor, Auckland Unlimited

M +64 27 2038705