News | 25 July 2023
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Pōneke ready to go off with fireworks for FIFA Women’s World Cup™

As part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ celebrations there’ll be a fireworks display in Wellington coinciding with the Quarter Final in the city that afternoon.

Bright red fireworks display in Wellington Harbour.

Wellington City Council is pleased to announce this whānau-friendly event will happen on the waterfront on Friday 11 August at 7pm as the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 gets to the pointy end of the tournament. 

Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau is happy her suggestion for the fireworks has become a reality thanks to some impressive mahi done by Council officers.

“We wanted a suitable alternative to fireworks at Matariki and thought an option could be to use them as a way to show our support of women’s sport during the FIFA Women’s World Cup – and that’s exactly what’s come about.

“Whatever happens between now and then, there are no losers in Wellington. The city is pumping, there’s a fun and festive spirit around with so much going on, and the Football Ferns have already exceeded expectations – so we’ll be celebrating all of that... and more!”

The food truck village will also be open around Odlins Plaza and along the Te Papa promenade from 5pm, and the Auckland-based Quarter Final will be shown in the FIFA Fan Festival™ in Shed 6 and on Queens Wharf from 7.30pm.

The fireworks display postponement date is Saturday 12 August at 7pm. For weather updates and to view the fireworks display online visit the Council Fireworks event Facebook page.

Note: Metlink has scheduled bus replacements for all train services on Saturday 12 August due to delayed maintenance while the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023TM was on. Please keep this in mind when planning your travel on this day. Wellingtonians can also consider alternative locations that have a view of the Harbour as an option to view the fireworks.

The fireworks will be live-streamed on the Council Facebook and Instagram pages. 

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The Stadium’s regular car park is closed from Thursday 20 July until Sunday 13 August. This includes the commuter car park and all match days. This means there is no parking available at the Stadium for match ticket holders, except for limited accessible parking for those with a valid mobility pass and a match ticket, which is free of charge.

We encourage everyone to use public transport or walk, ride, scoot or car share to avoid traffic congestion and parking frustration during this busy time.