Evening Viewing

Celebrate the last day of Chinese New Year at Dunedin Chinese Garden.

Friday, 2 March, 7 – 10pm

Experience the tranquil atmosphere of the Garden at dusk while contemplating what the New Year might bring. With the first full moon of the new lunar year in the night sky, there will be free green tea to sip while you enjoy the sound of Chinese music, a parade of lights and Chinese cultural activities.

There’s one free lantern per child upon entry.

Normal admission charges apply | Children under 13 FREE (maximum three)

Additional charges apply for some events, food and refreshments.


Tai chi

Be more than just a spectator and join in the art of moving meditation.

7-8pm | Pai Lou

Fire dance

This spectacular performance is sure to dazzle.

Two sessions | 8.30-9pm and 9.30-10pm | outside Garden

Parade of Lights

Bring the lanterns made in the earlier workshops and those given out with children’s entry to the Garden. Children are also welcome to bring their own lanterns.

9pm | meet in foyer

Activities throughout the evening:

  • Chinese New Year-style food to purchase
  • A lantern riddle quiz
  • Fortune telling
  • Incense to light and make a wish
  • Good luck ribbons on the wishing tree
  • A Year of the Dog hunt around the garden for children with prizes
  • The gift shop special - 20% off all gift shop items
  • Traditional Chinese activities like papercutting, fan calligraphy and games
  • Traditional Chinese music in the Garden.

Lantern making workshops

Get ready for the Parade of Lights and make your very own lantern at Toitū Otago Settlers Museum before the event.

Paper lantern making for ages 4+

Sunday, 18 and 25 February | 1pm | $10

Cane lantern making for ages 12+

Saturday, 24 February | 1pm | $10

Price includes entry for one adult to the Dunedin Chinese Garden for the Parade of Lights. Bookings required at Toitū reception desk or phone 03 477 5052.

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