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New Launch Date for Pop-up Phenomenon Happy Place New Zealand

The larger-than-life, immersive experience brings HAPPY to Auckland this autumn for a strictly limited season

Due to delays in sea freight impacting production, Happy Place New Zealand will now open Friday, April 23.     

We advise those ticketholders affected to hold on to their current tickets as we work towards confirming new dates and will communicate imminently. In the event ticketholders cannot attend a new session date across the season, refunds can be obtained.   

General admission tickets for the duration of the updated season are on sale now.  

After sold-out residencies in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Las Vegas and Philadelphia, the pop-up phenomenon HAPPY PLACE – dubbed ‘the world’s most Instagrammable exhibit’ – will open its vibrant doors to Auckland on Friday, April 23 at Spark Arena for a strictly limited season. On a mission to spread happiness around the world, the innovative experience has helped more than one million people “find their happy” while exploring multiple vibrant rooms. HAPPY PLACE travels to New Zealand following a hugely successful run in Sydney, Australia.  

Featuring larger-than-life whimsical installations and multi-sensory immersive rooms, visitors can get snap-happy in the world’s largest indoor Confetti Dome, a giant rainbow complete with a jumpable ‘Pot of Happiness’, six-foot-tall X’s and O’s surrounded by red lips, the famed Rubber Ducky Bathtub, the wildly popular Cookie Room scented with the aroma of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, an Upside Down room that defies gravity, and Super Bloom, a room filled with 40,000 golden handmade flowers, to name just a few of the photo-friendly spaces - HAPPY PLACE is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. HAPPY PLACE New Zealand will also unveil unique features with a very Kiwi twist.  

The inspiration behind HAPPY PLACE came from its founder, veteran American entertainment manager and live event producer Jared Paul, whose client roster ranges from New Kids on the Block to Lea Michele and Sabrina Carpenter. Paul also produces tours for “Dancing with the Stars” and was behind the hit arena shows for “Glee.” On a mission to raise his three children surrounded by positivity and joy and at a time when he saw so many challenging and divisive events happening around the globe, he wanted HAPPY PLACE to provide an oasis for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and embrace moments of happiness in their everyday lives.   

Jared Paul said: “We founded HAPPY PLACE on the simple idea that the world could use a lot more happiness, and after seeing the joy it brought people in America, we knew the experience was something special. Since then, we have made it our mission to inspire more smiles and laughter by providing a momentary escape, but we never dreamed we’d be able to bring a little bit of happiness all the way to New Zealand. We can’t wait for you all to experience HAPPY PLACE.”   

Brendan Hines, General Manager, Spark Arena commented, “Spark Arena has a proud heritage of bringing the best entertainment to New Zealand and is pleased to partner with such an innovative and unique experience. HAPPY PLACE has brought joy to hundreds of thousands of guests across the USA and Canada, in partnership with Spark we’re thrilled to bring the pop-up phenomenon to New Zealand for the first time.”   

Hundreds of thousands of guests visited the very first HAPPY PLACE in Los Angeles, with famous fans including Adele, Kourtney Kardashian, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde, Hilary Duff, JoJo Siwa, Travis Barker, Jason Sudeikis and Sarah Michelle Gellar posing up a storm across the 20,000 square feet of happy.   

The HAPPY PLACE experience is carefully managed from start to finish to ensure a limited number of people can move through the exhibit at any given time, and enjoy the experience to its fullest.     

Outside of the rooms, guests can enjoy the HAPPY PLACE Lemonade Stand, benefiting local charities, a specially curated retail store, and a delicious culinary menu featuring a variety of tasty Instagrammable items. 

General admission tickets are on sale now.

Visit for more information.

And don’t just take our word for it…

“We went to LA’s coolest new exhibit and it was Instagram Heaven.– Buzzfeed

“A sunny space for kids and adults alike to feed their inner selfie.”Eater

“A new Los Angeles pop-up exhibit is turning the expression ‘find your happy place’ into a reality.” - Architectural Digest

“You walk through a set of bright yellow doors and it’s as if you’ve stepped into an alternate reality.” – Global News

“Happy Place appeals to the child in adult visitors”. - The Globe and Mail


Spark Arena, 42-80 Mahuhu Crescent, Parnell, Auckland 1010 within walking distance from the Auckland City Centre and the major public transport hubs: Britomart railway station & bus terminal and the downtown ferry terminal.

Happy Place is open 7 days a week during the school holidays – check website for details.

For more information on Happy Place, please visit:

·       HAPPY PLACE Website

·       @wearehappyplace Instagram

·       @wearehappyplace Tik Tok

·       @wearehappyplace Facebook

Strollers are not allowed inside the exhibit. We ask you to kindly leave them in your car / at home or let us store them for you when you walk in. We have very limited room for storage and cannot guarantee space.