Rules around fireworks and bonfires in Wellington

Fireworks are dangerous and pose a fire risk. Please ensure you are using them safely.

Fireworks in public places

Fireworks are not to be let off in public spaces, this includes beaches, reserves, parks and sports fields.

Fireworks can be let off on private property but must not be left off at a time that causes stress or concern to any member of the public.

Noise control

Fireworks are not covered under noise control, as they are explosives – dangerous use should be reported to the police and/or fire service.

Bonfires / open fires

Bonfires / open fires are not allowed in public places without a Fire Permit, these are issued by Fire and Emergency NZ. Beach permits will only be issued for Houghton Bay and Princess Bay beaches.

Park Rangers may permit an open fire in a public place for events and/or cultural reasons in accordance with the Wellington Consolidated Bylaw. Contact the Park Rangers at

Person(s) lighting open fires without a fire permit on Council managed land including our beaches may result in their bonfire being put out by the fire service, and a possible fine.

Check it's alright - Fire service guide to fires

Fireworks sales

Wellington City Council do not police the sale of fireworks. This is the job of the Environmental Protection authority.

Public fireworks display

The Council puts on a public fireworks display during Matariki, which in is July each year.

If you want to organise a large public fireworks display you can contact the Council events team by emailing:



Keep fireworks:

  • in their original packaging
  • in a dry place
  • away from heat and sources of ignition
  • away from flammable materials like petrol or paint
  • in a locked container or cabinet.

When using fireworks at home it is important to follow the Fire and Emergency New Zealand safety guidelines.


Remember to:

  • follow instructions on fireworks
  • read them with a torch
  • light them away from things that could catch fire
  • be careful when drinking alcohol
  • only let adults light fireworks
  • have cold water on hand
  • do not relight fireworks that do not go off
  • put any burns under cold water for 20 minutes
  • never point fireworks towards another person
  • keep animals inside and safe.