Last night I met up with some friends for the Lantern Festival. It was like I was walking through Hong Kong. I think the highlight was listening to the karaoke. Reminded me of A Christmas Story, when the family went to the Chinese restaurant and the waiters sang carols to them. I managed to get a couple singers on video.
If you come to New Zealand around Chinese New Year, be sure to check out the Lantern Festival. But if you aren't a fan of big crowds, then I would highly recommend that you avoid the festivities.