What is Guy Fawkes Day and why is it celebrated?
Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated on 5 November each year in New Zealand, United Kingdom and in a number of other countries that were formerly a part of the British Empire, with fireworks and bonfires. Guy Fawkes Day commerates the failure of the plot by Guy Fawkes and 11 other men to blow up the British Parliament - the "Gunpowder Plot". The men were caught before they could light the barrels of gunpowder. Every year since on 5 November there has been a celebration with fireworks, gunpower and bonfires, along with a reading in the British Parliament. In New Zealand Guy Fawkes is an occasion to have fun with friends and family to enjoy fireworks.
2018 Guy Fawkes & Fireworks Events
Your own Fireworks Display at your home
Guy Fawkes Day is on Monday 5 November 2018.
Fireworks are only on sale for three days from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 November 2018 leading up to Guy Fawkes Day in New Zealand. There are no rules about when during the year you can set fireworks off, however there are some rules about where. It is best to only light fireworks on your own property, far away from anything that could catch fire. You should also show respect to your neighbours, especially those with young children or pets.
Monster Fireworks Display
Kumeu Showgrounds, Kumeu
Friday 26 October 2018: 5:00pm onwards
Facebook: Monster Fireworks Display
The annual 2017 Monster Fireworks Display promises to be yet another fantastic family night of spectacular fireworks. This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the event, and of the Taupaki School-York family relationship Presented by Bad Boy Fireworks. The display has become a wonderful community event for all ages. So don’t miss out on a fabulous night of entertainment, rides, family fun and the best fireworks display in West Auckland.
Tickets: Child $5; Adult $15; Family pass $35
Spooks and Sparks
The Trusts Arena, Central Park Drive, Henderson
Saturday 3 November 2018: 6:00pm onwards
Regarded as the largest and most spectacular family friendly Halloween and Fireworks Show in New Zealand, Spooks and Sparks 2018 will feature fantastic family entertainment in the lead up to darkness, followed by a thrilling Laser and Fireworks Show, all set to your favourite classic rock tracks.
With gates opening at 6.00pm, The Trusts Arena carpark will be transformed into a family Fairground, with rides and attractions, a large range of food vendors catering for all tastes, and roving entertainment. Bring your blanket and cushion and take a spot on the banks of Douglas Field and enjoy over three hours of entertainment, as the countdown begins to the amazing 25 mintute Lasers and Fireworks Show.
Tickets: Children under 2 years old are FREE: Children 2 years to 16 years $10:50; Adults $27; Family (2 adults and 3 children) $52
Opening Night Fire Works Extravaganza at Western Springs Speedway
Western Springs Stadium, Stadium Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Saturday 3 November 2018: 5:45pm
Rain Out date is Sunday 4 November 2018.
Opening Night is the first opportunity for the fans to get a good look at each competitor and their brand-new cars for the season. The Guy Fawkes display is set to unleash at 10:30pm sharp, see New Zealand’s best pyro company light the fuse to launch this incredible display.
Children under 5 are FREE; 1 Adult and 1 child $31.50; Extra Child (5 to 14 years) $5.12, Family pass (2 adults and 2 children) $65.50
Waiuku Blast to the Past
Waiuku Rugby Park, 40 King Street, Waiuku, Auckland
Saturday 10 November 2018: 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Rain date: Sunday 11 November 2018
From 6pm enjoy live entertainment, a huge craft and food market and kids carnival.The spectacular fireworks display will take place at approx 8.45pm. No dogs, alcohol or glass permitted at this event.
Cost: Gold coin donation
Orewa Surf Sounds Concert & Fireworks
Orewa Beach Reserve, Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, Auckland
Saturday 24 November 2018: 5:30pm to 9:30pm (Fireworks at 9pm)
Exciting Orewa Surf Sounds Concert with Fireworks at 9pm.
Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park
Auckland Domain, Auckland
Saturday 8 December 2018: 7:30pm to 10:30pm
25th celebration of New Zealand's biggest multi-cultural showcase of talented singers, dancers and musicians and FREE outdoor Christmas party! The country's top singers, dancers and musicians will ignite the big stage in Auckland performing your all-time Christmas favourites and hottest hits!
Once again Coca-Cola New Zealand and Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park are getting behind Youthline - developing and supporting young people across New Zealand.
Cost: FREE event