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Five ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year in New Zealand

Posted on 31/01/2017 by

The 2017 Chinese New Year is just around the corner. How will you celebrate the Year of the Rooster?

Around 30,000 tourists are expected to arrive in New Zealand over the coming weeks to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

One of the most famous and ancient celebrations in the world, the Chinese New Year is a great opportunity to experience Chinese culture.

Here are five ways you can celebrate the Year of the Rooster in New Zealand in 2017.

1. Attend the Chinese Lantern Festival in Auckland

When: 9-12 February 2017
Where: Auckland Domain

If you’re in Auckland, don’t miss the annual Chinese Lantern Festival. Held at Auckland Domain, this three-day event showcases some of China’s best food, art, music, dance, and of course – beautiful lanterns. Entry is free, but be sure to bring some cash to spend at the market stalls.

2. Attend the Chinese New Year Festival in Wellington

When: 11-14 February 2017
Where: Various locations around Wellington

Wellington is hosting a series of events for the Chinese New Year, including a Festival Day at TSB Arena (Feb 12), Festival Fireworks (Feb 11), and a special football match between the Wellington Phoenix Football Club and the Beijing Bg. Visit for the full events calendar and to secure your tickets.

3. Attend the Chinese Lantern Festival in Christchurch

When: 18-19 February 2017
Where: Hagley Park

The South Island is also celebrating the Year of the Rooster with a Lantern Festival. Head along to Hagley Park on Saturday or Sunday evening to watch the lanterns light up as the sun sets.

4. Host your own Chinese New Year party

If you can’t make it to an official Chinese New Year celebration, make your own plans. Invite friends around for a China-themed dinner, challenge yourself to make dumplings, or enjoy a delicious meal at a local Chinese restaurant.

5. Enrol in a short Chinese language class

Have you always wanted to learn Chinese? Use the Chinese New Year as motivation to enrol in a short language course or to find a Chinese tutor in your community. It’s never too late to start!

The International Travel College delivers travel and tourism training around New Zealand. Applications for our 2017 courses are open now.

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