Fireworks Display is on Saturday 9 November

29 October 2013

We’re shifting this year’s Sky Show fireworks display to Saturday 9 November so more people can enjoy the spectacle over Wellington Harbour.

Fireworks over Wellington Harbour.

Fireworks over Wellington Harbour


Guy Fawkes falls on a Tuesday this year, but we’re trialling the Saturday display to see if Wellingtonians prefer it.

Our City Events Manager Warrick Dent says the weekend display is a response to requests from the public for a more family-friendly time.

‘‘Some people – especially those with young children – find getting to and from a mid-week event starting at 9pm difficult.

‘‘We think holding the fireworks event on a Saturday will encourage more families to attend and provide a great opportunity for more of the community to enjoy the show.” 

This year’s display will include the city’s floating crane Hikitia and a soundtrack by local percussion group Strike, which will be simultaneously broadcast on Classic Hits 90.1 and ZM 90.9.

There’ll be food vendors, amusement rides and family entertainment such as face painters and fire jugglers along the waterfront from 3pm, so come down early and make a day of it.

The Carter Fountain in Oriental Bay has recently had a lighting upgrade as well, which means it’ll be able to put on a more impressive light show to accompany the fireworks. The fountain’s old halogen lamps have been replaced with a new LED lighting system.

These new LED lights allow interactive control of the lighting system so they can be synchronised with events like the fireworks display.

Being a Saturday, we’re encouraging people to get into town early and make an evening of it. We are still expecting traffic to be heavy so people need to keep this in mind and consider walking into town if they live near by, or using public transport.   Like previous years, there will be traffic management measures for Oriental Parade, Alexandra Road and the Mt Victoria lookout area. Stopping anywhere on the highway between Petone and Wellington is not only dangerous but it’s prohibited.

While we will make every effort to ensure the show happens on Saturday, we unfortunately can’t control the weather. The postponement date will be the following night, Sunday 10 November at 9pm.

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The Wellington Sky Show, organised and paid for by the Council with the support of sponsors, has been an annual highlight since 1995.