Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes Night takes place on 5 November. This page has information on Christchurch Guy Fawkes events, the history behind the celebration and fireworks safety.

Fireworks in New Brighton

On Friday 1 November, the Treetech Fireworks Spectacular will take place at the New Brighton Pier.

Dress up in your best movie-star glam and bring your whānau for a star-studded pyrotechnic display set to Hollywood Blockbuster tunes! Head to New Brighton Mall from 6pm and soak up the Tinseltown atmosphere with delicious local food and live music from The Curio Club. You’ll have heaps of selfie opportunities with our Walk of Fame, searchlights and even a few A-listers in the crowd!

Stick around as Firework Professionals show off their Special FX on the Pier from 9pm with fireworks lighting up the sky soon after. We’re expecting a chartbusting crowd so please remember to plan your journey ahead of time. 

The postponement date for this event is Saturday 2 November.  Keep an eye on our What's on Chch Facebook page for updates.  

Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot

CoverThe day celebrates the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. Guy Fawkes is the best-known figure in the conspiracy which aimed to blow up England’s Parliament building with King James I and his chief ministers. The Plot was a reaction to the increased oppression of Roman Catholics in England.

England’s celebration of Guy Fawkes includes fireworks, bonfires, children begging ‘a penny for the guy’, and the burning of effigies of Fawkes himself. In New Zealand and other countries, fireworks are the main element of the occasion.

5 November is also notable in New Zealand history as the date of the invasion of Parihaka.

Find in our catalogue


Guy Fawkes
Biography from Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Access this with your library card number and PIN, or at our libraries.

Fireworks safety

Find out about being safe with fireworks, and how to ensure your pets are safe:

Information from the New Zealand Fire Service.
BANG! Fireworks frighten animals
Find out about keeping animals safe. From the RSPCA (UK).

Online resources