Wellington Sky Show - Matariki ki Poneke 2019

Wellington's Sky Show illuminates the sky over Wellington harbour in a beautiful fireworks display as part of Matariki ki Pōneke.

Sky Show fireworks 2013.

Sky Show 2019

Saturday event postponed.
New date: Sunday 30 June, 6.30pm. 

This landmark event, held in partnership with Centreport, sees the Wellington harbour light up with a spectacular fireworks display at the family-friendly time of 6.30pm. 

We’re expecting it to be busy, so walk, bike or catch public transport into town early to grab a good spot. Make a night of it with dinner from the food trucks.

For event updates check Facebook


Tune into The Breeze (94.1FM and 98.5FM) or More FM (99.7FM and 95.3FM) to listen to the soundtrack as you watch the show.

To get the best synchronisation of sound and fireworks, listen on a terrestrial radio tuner to avoid streaming delays.

The Sky Show 2019 soundtrack includes music from local artists Toni Huata, Rob Thorne, David Downes and WAI.

For those who cannot attend the event, there will also be a livestream available on the Newshub website.


The following food trucks (subject to change) will be trading on the waterfront from 4pm on Sunday evening. Come down early for dinner!

  • Baxters Catering 
  • Tom's Chimney Cakes
  • Dutchy's Burgers
  • Roy's Dumplings
  • Churro Express
  • K&K Food Caravan
  • Donut Express 
  • Fritz's Wieners
  • Mao and Co
  • Garuda Foodtruck
  • The Greek Food Truck 
  • Indo Plus Food Truck 

Traffic management

These measures are to minimise congestion and to enable unimpeded thoroughfare for emergency services and residents.

Traffic enquiries

Precise traffic solutions have been contracted to manage the traffic, if you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to ring 04 974 7687.

Roads affected:

Hawker St, Palliser Rd, Shannon St, Bayview Tce, Grafton Rd, Maida Vale Rd, Lookout Rd, Thane Rd, Evans Bay Parade, Oriental Parade, Oriental Tce, Hay St, Grass St, Wilkinson St and The Crescent. SH1 Wellington Rd, SH1 Cobham Dr.

Description of traffic control

  • Installation of temporary traffic management between the hours of 2pm – 5pm
  • Resident access only will be active between the hours of 5.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Disestablishment of temporary traffic management between 8.30pm to 11.30pm

One way system – Lookout Road is one way only, travelling from Thane Rd to Alexander Rd. Access to Lookout Rd via Alexandra Rd is closed.

Resident access only roads – Thane Rd, Robieson St and Ln, Roseneath Tce, Palliser Rd, Moeller St and Hawker St to the intersection of Roxburgh St, also Evans Bay Parade from the intersection of SH1 Wellington Rd.

Parking restriction (approx. 3pm to 9pm)

Sections of Lookout Rd, Hawker St, Roxburgh St, Grafton Rd, Carlton Gore Rd and Oriental Parade.

  • 'No parking’ cones will be established on the seaside of Lookout Rd from 3pm, please do not remove the cones or park in the restricted areas or your vehicle will be towed at the owner’s expense
  • This area includes the downhill side of Lookout Rd from 41 Lookout Rd to Thane Rd.


Sky Show 2019 Transport Map (193KB PDF)

Public transport information

Note the Route 14 and 24 bus services will be diverted due to expected congestion on the normal route. Please see attached map for detail. 

Route 20 bus services will be cancelled due to the road closures on Mt Victoria between 5pm and 9pm.

The following bus services will be impacted between 5pm and 9pm: 

  • Route 14 bus services will be diverted between Courtenay Place and Arawa Road due to the traffic measures in place. 
  • Route 24 bus services will not service Oriental Parade and Evans Bay Parade and will return to the normal route at Kilbirnie Park. 
  • Route 20 bus services will be cancelled due to the road closures in Mount Victoria. 

Please contact Metlink on 0800 801 700 or visit www.metlink.org.nz for more information about bus services.