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INTERNeX New Zealand: Auckland Lantern Festival

This weekend the 14th annual lantern festival will be held in Albert Park in Auckland City, celebrating the new year of the snake. There will be dozens of Asian food stalls, space for picnics on the grass and, of course, hundreds of beautiful Chinese lanterns.

Entertainment from the Omnipotent Youth Society rock band from Beijing, acrobats from Shanghai and a classical music group from Chengdu.

This event is running from the 22nd to the 24th (Friday, Saturday and Sunday night)

INTERNeX New Zealand: Photos of the Telecom Christmas Tree

More photos of the Telecom Christmas Tree as promised 🙂

INTERNeX New Zealand: Christmas Kiwi Style

Christmas Traditions in NZ:

Christmas Eve and Boxing Day: Christmas is preceded by Christmas Eve on the 24th of December, followed by Boxing Day on the 26th of December. In New Zealand Christmas Eve often includes attending a midnight church mass, while Boxing day is traditionally a day to spend with family and continue the festivities of Christmas. Many Kiwis like to go to the Boxing Day Horse Races.

Gifts and gift giving: Gifts are usually wrapped in red, green or festive coloured wrapping paper and placed under the Christmas tree to be opened on Christmas morning. The Christmas stocking tradition is popular with children. This is a small sack (shaped often like a boot), which is filled with small gifts from Father Christmas (Santa) and opened on Christmas morning.

Christmas Cards: Cards are another popular aspect of the Kiwi Christmas. For family and friends that can’t be near, seasons greeting are sent in the form of Christmas cards.

Family: Family is the key element to Christmas not just in New Zealand, but all around the world.

Christmas Trees: Putting up and decorating a Christmas tree in a home is part of almost every kiwi family’s Christmas traditions. Both real and artificial trees are popular.

Food: Christmas lunch/dinner in New Zealand consists of the traditional roast with ham, vegetable, potatoes, gravy and desert of Christmas cake or pudding or other traditional Kiwi desserts such as Pavlova. Because Christmas is during summer in NZ, many families prefer a lighter Christmas Day meal of a BBQ, often enjoyed at the beach, outdoors or by the pool.

Summer holidays: Family’s spend time at a Bach (holiday home), or relaxing at the beach. Many businesses close for two weeks during Christmas.

Upcoming Christmas events in Auckland City

Britomart Christmas Markets.

Takutai Square: Britomart Christmas Markets, local seasonal produce (strawberries, plums and asparagus) festive Christmas goodies, cakes cookies, etc.

Complimentary gift wrapping service available at the Atrium and The Pavillions.

When/Where: Britomart (Gore Street & Atrium on Takutai), 15/12/2012, entry is free.

Christmas Decorations around the city:

Keep a look out for these festive decorations

Queen Street Christmas Lights, Telecom Christmas Tree, Santa on Whitcoulls Corner, Smith and Caughey’s Windows, Doves on Durham Lane, Angels in Elliott Street, Christmas Chains on High Street.

I’ve attached a photo of the lights on the Telecom Christmas Tree which I visited on Tuesday night, more photos to come. A great place to go and sit on the beanbags underneath the tree and look at the lights.


INTERNeX New Zealand: Christmas Lights ★

Only 2 weeks until Christmas!! Here are some places to view beautiful Christmas light displays:

Franklin Road: Franklin Road in Ponsonby puts on an annual display of Christmas lights in the weeks leading up to Christmas. This attraction brings thousands of onlookers to the street to see the beautifully decorated homes. The display is free to view. Walk from Franklin Road down to the Telecom Christmas Tree:

The Telecom Christmas Tree: The Telecom Christmas Tree will be lighting up the city this Christmas in Victoria Park. There are a total of 375,000 lights on this tree, which will be lit from December 1st from dusk till dawn until Boxing Day evening.

Telecom is also encouraging those visiting the tree to bring Christmas presents for children in need. These gifts will be distributed to the Auckland City Mission and Kidz First Children’s Hospital in Manakau.

Where/When: Victoria Park, Auckland CBD, 1/12/2012-26-12-2012

INTERNeX New Zealand: Diwali Festival

This weekend Auckland is celebrating Diwali festival- The Indian festival of lights. This will be a beautiful showcase of Indian culture with everything from food, dance, traditional clothing, street performances. There will be authentic Indian food stalls featuring the best of India’s cuisine including samosas, curry and roti.

Along with the food stalls there will also be 50 other stalls selling crafts, sweets and other items. There will also be mehndi artists who can paint your hands with intricate henna designs.

One of the showcase festival events is the Bollywood competition. All performances will be held in the Aotea Square.

Indian Community groups will lead a traditional procession from Britomart up to Aotea Square at the following times: 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm.

Why not try out Cricket- India’s most loved sport. Games will be running daily from 12noon up until dusk on the Aotea Square Grass terrace.

Other exciting things include the Diwali Festival speaker series where several speakers will share their personal experiences of their times in India.

Entry is free.

When: 13th/14th October 2012.

Where: Aoeta Square, Auckland CBD.