If you’re near the central city tomorrow, you should check out the Diwali celebrations around Aotea Square. The festival includes a full programme (PDF) of Indian dance, music, art and puppets, & tomorrow evening will include a fireworks display at 9pm.
The section of Queen Street just above Aotea Square is closed to traffic, and one side of the street is lined with food stalls. They’re all vegetarian, with plenty of vegan options. I visited this afternoon with hungry friends, and we snacked on many things: samosas, bhel, onion bhaji and pakoras.
My favourite snack was the pani puri made by Mumbai Chaat, a vegetarian snack place in Blockhouse Bay. If you’re not familiar with pani puri, it’s a moreish plate of crunchy little wheat shells that you crack open one at a time and fill with a tasty chickpea mixture and tamarind water, then eat. Other places I’ve found good pani puri in Auckland are Satya and Jai Jalaram Khaman.