Sparks is back in 2023. Get your friends and whānau together to celebrate the 40th anniversary at our city’s dazzling fireworks extravaganza, featuring the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

With popular Conductor David Kay at the helm, the CSO will deliver a fun programme of classics, modern favourites and cultural collaborations.

No picnic? No problem! Lots of food and drink providers will be onsite for you to enjoy. More details to come closer to the event. 

Here's everything else you need to know:

  • This is a free, all-ages event. 
  • Entertainment from 6.30pm, main show 7.30pm to 9.45pm.
  • The fireworks display will start at approx 9.40pm.
  • This is a smoke and vape-free event.
  • Please leave all pets at home.
  • No glass is allowed.
  • See the alcohol restrictions.

Getting there

How to get to Treetech Sparks

The free shuttle service will run every 15 minutes between 4pm and 6pm, leaving from the Bus Exchange (Lichfield Street side) and will drop people off outside Christ's College (Rolleston Ave). Please note, this bus only runs to the event, not back from the event. 

If you're driving, the drop-off point is on Rolleston Avenue, near Christ’s College. Use our interactive map(external link)(external link) to easily find central city parking.

If you're biking or scootering, the bike stands will be located inside Hagley Park. Scooter parking zones are on Park Terrace.

Mobility parking will be on Chester Street West (off Park Terrace). A mobility pass must be visible to gain access.

Check out the map below to see all of the info.