Project lights up a dark winter's night
Te Anau turned on the atmosphere for the opening night of Winter Illuminations on Saturday.
Event organiser Jan Ludemann said the whole town had embraced the spirit of Winter Illuminations, a project to light up Te Anau during the darkest season of the year.
About 1000 people - many bearing fire poi and glowsticks - watched as the town centre switched off the lights at 6.20pm, with Chinese lanterns and wartime floodlights used to brighten the darkness, she said.
"It was just a fantastic atmosphere. It was just like New Year's Eve, really."
Many then changed into their finery for the Illumination Ball, which was also held on Saturday night, she said.
Winter Illuminations events will continue every night for a month, and include a glow-in-the-dark speedminton competition, a firelight gathering, and the annual Fiordland golf club classic.
The Southland Times