We’ve been mostly in recovery mode since our big South Island trip, but we have managed to get out around Auckland a few times since then. One of our favorite excursions was just up the hill where the annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Chinese New Year, was held. Previous years of the festival had been held at a downtown park, but it had grown too popular and is now at the larger Auckland Domain. We enjoyed some delicious Chinese food and took many pictures of the fabulous lanterns, check them out!
Approaching the crowded festival.
The lion dance begins!
Apparently this kid is one of the youngest dancers.
The performance was great!
Lanterns shaped like shrimp?
Lantern painting of a child trying to guard rice from hungry chickens.
Owl and dragonfly (and a warning not to touch).
Dragon boat, of course.
Under the sea display.
This dragon was located in one of the park’s ponds.
Birds in a tree.
Penguins and polar bears. One of the penguin lanterns was stolen, but then recovered.
Household scene. In China, lantern displays can be as big as real buildings!
Lantern man with a birdcage.
Another house scene.
The Buddha with swans.
Animals of the Chinese zodiac.
More zodiac animals.
Sheep, because New Zealand.
Even the museum was lit up for Chinese New Year!