Get in early: The first tickets for next year's Luma Southern Light Project are now on sale. PICTURE: STEPHEN JAQUIERY


The organising committee behind one of Queenstown’s most popular events is urging locals to get behind it, and show their support now.

Individual earlybird tickets for the Luma Southern Light Project — next year being held over five nights — went on sale on Thursday for $10, via

Luma chair Duncan Forsyth says two other pricing tiers, at $15 and $20, will be available
closer to the time, while there’ll also be family passes and multi-night passes, and about 1000 free tickets for agencies like Salvation Army and Happiness House to distribute to their clients.

While kids under 12 will be free, ‘‘they will need to get a ticket’’.

Tickets are also being limited, to 10,000 a night, and due to new government regulations, all ticket holders will need a vaccine pass.

‘‘We’re completely driven by what the regulations are — if you want to have an event, you have to have it,’’ Forsyth says.

The event’s gone gangbusters since it was first piloted back in 2015, but the organising committee’s still ‘‘a bunch of people with day jobs’’.

Luma doesn’t qualify for the government’s recently-announced events transition support
scheme, ‘‘so in order for it to happen, we need people to buy tickets’’.

‘‘We’re in full planning, it looks fantastic and with five days there’s a lot more room for improvement.

‘‘This is the year where people need to support us now by buying tickets early.’’