The famed Sky Show, which is put on by Wellington City Council with support from CentrePort, starts with a bang at 9pm and will be best viewed from the central city waterfront.
Family-friendly carnival attractions will be at Waitangi Park all weekend and food trucks will serve food along the waterfront from 5pm Saturday.
Wellington Acting Mayor Jill Day says Wellington’s hills and harbour are known for being one of the best places in the world to watch large fireworks displays.
“How many cities have such a high proportion of properties, lookouts and publicly accessible waterfront that look out over a central harbour?
“We’re fortunate that Wellington city is such a beautiful, grand-scale natural arena.”
The event is very popular with Wellingtonians of all ages, so it is recommended to show up early and ensure a good viewing spot.
To avoid traffic congestion, it is also recommended people walk, bike or use public transport when possible. Check www.metlink.org.nz for details.
The Council invites people to share Sky Show photos, videos and thoughts on social media sites using the hashtag #skyshow17.
It will be the last November Sky Show before the event shifts to the less-windy, mid-year Matariki celebrations, with a family-oriented early-evening start time.
The annual fireworks display is created and run by PyroStar International. PyroStar has been responsible for some of the world’s most spectacular and memorable pyrotechnic events including the Sydney Olympics, millennium celebrations in London, and the Hong Kong Handover.
The display will be choreographed with recorded music from Wellington artists Drax Project, Toni Huata, Groeni, Orchestra of Spheres, Dan Adams, David Downes, and The Quincy Conserve.
Sky Show audiences can tune in to the soundtrack on the Breeze (94.1 and 98.5FM) or MORE FM (99.7 and 95.3FM) which will be simulcast from 9pm. To avoid sound delays use FM radio rather than streaming.
Steve and Kath from The Breeze will also broadcast live from the waterfront 7-9pm, More FM will be painting children’s faces with glow in the dark UV paint, and The Edge will be giving away glowing candy as it starts to get dark.
Authorities remind residents that the event is in a liquor-ban area and that setting off fireworks in a public place in a finable offence.
The fireworks will go ahead rain or shine but could be postponed by high winds to Sunday 5 November at 9pm. For live updates, check Wellington City Council’s Facebook page.