We’ve just entered the year of the dragon, and it marks the first full cycle of the Chinese new year for the Auckland lantern festival, held in Albert Park each year. This year’s lantern festival seemed twice as big and twice as busy for us… at least alongside the food stalls which showcase the best of Asia’s streetfood traditions.

Here’s some of our favourite shots from the evening — taken between polishing off dumplings, running into friends, and enjoying the live music.

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  • Great photos. We went to this last week before leaving Auckland and had a fun evening.

    on February 10, 2012 at 1:02 am Reply
    • Great to hear you made it! It was certainly the busiest we've ever seen it! How's the trip going?

      on February 10, 2012 at 7:28 pm Reply
  • It probably was twice as busy, or it at least sure seemed like it for me. Probably twice as much enthusiasm because it is the year of the dragon.

    on February 12, 2012 at 10:11 pm Reply
    • Yes, might be - I loved the taniwha/dragon combo at one of the entrances.

      on February 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm Reply
  • Fabulous images. Did not know u could get so many different types of lantern! Colourful and fun images

    on March 7, 2012 at 11:40 am Reply
    • Yes, it's pretty amazing, eh? Love going there on a warm summer night and wandering around.

      on March 8, 2012 at 5:11 am Reply
  • Some beautiful photos there, particularly the swans. I've wanted to go to New Zealand for a while and now I want to go even more!

    on March 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm Reply

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