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Krishna Holi - Festival of Colours Auckland 2018

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Hare Krishna Temple

1229 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway


Auckland, 0892

New Zealand

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Holi - Festival of Colours Auckland 2018

Sunday, 25th February, 2018

12pm - 5pm

1229 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu, Auckland

Free Entry - Registration is required this year to assist in our preparation

Prepay for colours here to receive 20% discount !!!

  • Click on "Tickets" button on this page to prepay for colours

  • You must bring printed prepaid colour ticket to pickup your colours on the day (Prepaid Stalls)

Shuttle Bus from Auckland CBD --- NOTICE: New Pickup/Dropoff Point

Due to construction at Britomart, shuttle bus pickup/dropoff will be at the following location for 2018:

  • Time: 25th Feb, 10:30am sharp departure from CBD. Leave venue at 5:30pm

  • Location: Bus stop 7076 on Mayoral Drive by Aotea Centre. (Google Map Link)

  • Please book and pay for your seat by purchasing the "CBD Shuttle Bus - Return Ticket" from the "Tickets" button on this page.

  • You must bring your printed bus ticket before you will be allowed on the Bus.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Nope, this is a family friendly event. Fun for all !

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

As the venue is a 30min drive from Auckland CBD, the majority of festival goers drive to the venue. Shuttle services from the CBD will be provided - but be quick - Purchase "CBD Shuttle Bus - Return Ticket".

Please note that public transport to the venue is limited. You've been warned.

Can I just pay for the Shuttle bus on the day?

No, you must purchase your shuttle bus tickets here. Space is limited so be quick.

Is parking provided?

Yes, we have free parking at the festival on a first come first served basis. We have a lot of parking space, but if you arrive too late for on-site parking, then please park safely (i.e., not on the main highway!) on the side roads, and walk to the site.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

As conditions of entry, you cannot bring your own colours or food into the venue. These will be available for purchase at the venue. Also, no alcohol, smoking, or recreational drugs permitted onsite - the event is family friendly and on temple grounds. - Please see detailed conditions of entry here:

Where can I contact the organisers with any questions?

You can use the contact organiser buttons on the right hand side to get in touch. Sooner the better - questions sent a week before won't get a look in as we will be crazy busy and likely a bit grumpy :-)

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

As there is no registation, you only need to print your prepaid colours and CBD bus tickets. Colours will sold on the day as normal also.

Will Colours / Food be available for sale on the day?

  • Yes

  • Colours are $5 per bag (20% discount for prepaid colours purchased here)

  • Food: various prices

What is the colour powder made from? Is it safe?

Our colours are made from food grade corn starch and are non-toxic. In past festivals, we had a handful of people needing their eyes washed out by St John's ambo who are on site for minor issues. As with most things, common sense prevails, if you have medical conditions that would be aggravated by corn starch dust, it would best to stay away from the main crowd by the stage.

Will the colours wash out of me and my clothes?

They will wash out of you and eventually from clothing. Best not to bring your designer wears. Recommended clothing colour is white of course! Bring something to cover your car seats for your ride home also.

People with very light coloured hair, the colours may in limited cases stay in your hair longer. You have been warned. You can google various methods others have used to minimise the time taken for light coloured hair to recover.

Can I bring my kids?

Yes, we don't have any age restrictions and aim to be family friendly. But remember, you are responsible for any minors you bring. Please be mindful that it is a large event with thousands of people. Keep very young children away from the main stage because of the loud sound and packed dancing crowds. There is plenty of open space for small kids to enjoy the festival and play with colours.

Is this a commercial Holi Festival?

Nope - this Holi event is run and supported by a registered charity, volunteers, and donors/sponsors.

This is the real deal Holi and not a for-profit "Holi-inspired" event with commercial motives. We have introduced a few innovations such as the colour throws and dance music, but remain loyal to the cultural and spiritual roots of the celebration.

Can I volunteer?

Absolutely you can... please fill out the form here

Is there any running involved?

Nope. You just gotta dance till you can't dance no more!

Can I take photos and videos at the festival?

Yes, remember to protect your gear from the powder dust.

If you're a pro, contact us for a media pass.

What are the terms of conditions of entry?

You can read them here

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Auckland, 0892

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