Winter will brighten for Te Anau residents and visitors in July as lights take over town buildings and evening entertainment and events fill the streets.
The annual Te Anau Illumination Festival will begin in the town centre on Saturday 4 July 2015 as the Fiordland town lights up for the month. The festival celebrates the "turning on of the lights" which happened in winter 1958, when residents of Te Anau were able to turn on electric lights for the first time. These days the whole town is festooned in beautiful lights, just like an English Christmas. The aim is to bring a bit of joy to the community over the darkest month of the year.
Join Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas for a night of illuminated fun...
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Bring the Family – 2 adults & 2 children (12 years & under). 1 night in a Two Bedroom Villa, tickets for the Illumination Festival Dinner, full cooked breakfast + FREE unlimited WiFi. $249.00.
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Order of Events - Te Anau Illumination Family Evening 04 July 2015
5.45pm - Gather at the Village Green waiting for the lights to go off.
6.00pm - Lights are turned off in the town centre of Te Anau.
6.05pm - There is a count down and the lights are turned back on. Everyone then walks along the main street to view the shops lit up and onto Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas for the evenings festivities.
6.30pm - Chinese Wish Lanterns are available for sale on the lawn outside Distinction Te Anau Hotel & Villas. Live band Kipu starts playing at the hotel.
7.00pm - Chinese Wish Lanterns are released. A wonderful sight as the lanterns float up into the sky and across the lake.
7.15pm - Click here to pre-purchase your Dinner at the hotel at a cost of $25 per adult and $5 per child for a kids meal pack (mini hot dog, chicken nuggets & fries) or phone 03 249 9700. Click here to view the full Illumination Dinner menu.
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8.15pm - Fire Show by Dunedin performing arts group Higly Flammable.
Live music and hotel bar will be open for the rest of the night for everyone to enjoy.
For more information about the Te Anau Winter Illuminations Festival please visit their faceboook page.