One of Christchurch's most loved events, Sparks, returns to Hagley Park for its 35th year.

Featuring the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Kenneth Young, the programme features popular pieces from In the Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg to The Superman March by Williams.

Sparks will conclude with a dazzling fireworks display to the 1812 Overture at 9.30pm.

We are thrilled to announce St John back as our charity partner, their collectors will be in the venue on the night.


This event is weather dependent, Sparks postponement date is Sunday 18 February 2018.

Travel Information

Major road works in the central city will be happening the weekend of Sparks. Please plan ahead and allow yourself extra time to get to and from Sparks. Use to plan your journey.

  • The best way to get to North Hagley Park will be via Madras Street or via Barbadoes Street then onto Kilmore Street. 
  • Major roadworks will be happening on Montreal Street and parts of Oxford Terrace.
  • A drop-off zone will be located on Park Terrace between Chester Street and Peterborough Street. Please note: Park Terrace is one way from Dorset Street to Salisbury Street (Southbound).


Get an hour’s free parking at these Council off-street car parks, view the interactive map to find a car park.

  • Lichfield Street (between Colombo Street and Durham Street)
  • New Regent Street (Cnr Manchester & Gloucester St)
  • Worcester Street (105 Worcester St)
  • Rolleston Avenue (52 Rolleston Ave)

Select Wilson car parks will have a flat rate of $3 parking over 12 hours from 4pm on Saturday 17 February:

  • 118 Victoria Street
  • 66-68 Kilmore Street
  • 76 Armagh Street
  • 109 Cambridge Terrace
  • 605 Colombo Street
  • 74 Worcester Boulevard (Clarendon Tower site)
  • 502 Selwyn Street

There will be no public car parking available on Hagley Park. The Botanic Gardens Armagh Street car park will be closed to incoming traffic from 3pm on Saturday 17 February.


Buses will be running as normal but please expect some delays, details on current routes and timetables are available on metroinfo’s website. Take a bus into the centrally located Bus Interchange and stroll through the city to North Hagley Park, with Bus Routes #17 and #29 running close to Sparks' event location.


Cycle stands will be located near the roundabout area after Armagh St Bridge and on the northern end of the event area.

Mobility access

  • Mobility parking is available on Chester Street (entry off Cranmer Square) from 1pm on Saturday 17 February. A mobility pass must be visible.
  • Accessible seating is located in front of the stage, look out for signage.

Sparks site map

Sparks Transport Map

Sparks is committed to reaching the goal of diverting 80% of its event waste away from landfill. A number of measures have been put in place to help achieve this goal including a volunteer group aptly named the ‘Green Team’ who will be located at bin stations helping event goers use the correct bins. Sparks food vendors are also on board, each will be using a range of compostable food packaging at the event.

How can you help?

  • Got a sweet spot for hot chocolate or coffee? Bring your own reusable coffee cup to Sparks.
  • Bringing a picnic to Sparks? Great, use reusable containers (rather than food wrap) and take them home with you.
  • There will be water available, just bring your own reusable bottle to fill up!

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