Newstalk ZB presents Sparks in Christchurch

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Publish Date
Friday, 1 February 2019, 1:45p.m.


Saturday 16 February, 7.30-10pm
Pre-show entertainment from 6pm
North Hagley Park

A Christchurch tradition!

Get the family together and enjoy one of the city’s most iconic fireworks events. Featuring the spectacular Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the programme will range from traditional classics to modern day favourites and a few surprises in between.

This year’s event will see the CSO collaborate with kapa haka performers Te Ahikaaroa and fire entertainers Highly Flammable plus a number of exceptional local soloists and guest performers including Nomad, soul singer Sacha Vee and Pasifika drum group The East Side Drumline.

The event will conclude with an amazing fireworks display choreographed to the 1812 Overture at 9.30pm.

Pre-show entertainment will be provided by The Court Jesters plus live music from guitarist Connor Hartley-Hall and indie folk band The Terrible Sons.

Free bus home

Catch a bus, scooter, walk, or get dropped to Sparks and get a free ride home!

Council are providing 28 free buses to help get you home after Sparks. Buses will depart from Park Terrace and Harper Ave after Sparks and will leave once full, check out the map online at to find your best route.

Buses departing from Harper Ave

Buses departing from Park Tce

·         Blue Line to Princess Margaret Hospital and Cashmere

·         Orange Line to Halswell

·         Purple Line to Sheffield Crescent

·         Yellow Line to Hornby

·         Blue Line to Belfast

·         Orange Line to Queenspark

·         Purple Line to Sumner

·         Yellow Line to New Brighton


By bike

There will be cycle stands and scooter parking zones at Sparks. These will be situated near the roundabout over the Armagh Street Bridge and near the back of the event site (next to the Golf course).

By car
There are thousands of car parks available in the central city. Find one using our interactive map at

To access one of five multi-level parking buildings, drive in using the one-way streets and look out for the blue parking signs. A drop-off zone will be located on Park Terrace between Kilmore and Armagh Streets.

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