Things to do  |  17 Jan 2023

Treetech Sparks is celebrating its 40th birthday on Saturday 21 January. Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy a cracker night at one of the city’s favourite events.

Treetech Sparks is a free, all ages outdoor concert being held in North Hagley Park, with pre-show entertainment starting at 6.30pm, with Ambush Brass. The main show starts at 7.30pm and culminates in a massive fireworks display at around 9.40pm.

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra is taking to the stage along with a host of special guests. A packed programme of classical favourites, kapa haka and contemporary hits will wow the crowds.

Guests include violinist Fiona Pears, Christchurch-based singer Naomi Ferguson, celebrated local musician Henare Kaa, and Mark Vanilau performing with the’orchard – to name just a few. There are plenty more surprise guests lined up, covering a range of musical genres and styles.

People are welcome to bring a picnic or choose from one of the food vendors on site.

Treetech Sparks is a smoke and vape free event. Please leave dogs at home.

Getting to the event

  • A shuttle service will run every 15 minutes between 4pm and 6.30pm, from the Bus Exchange (Lichfield Street side) to Christ’s College (Rolleston Avenue). Please note, the service only runs to the event, there is no return service.
  • If you want to drop people off at the park, there will be a drop-off point is on Armagh Street, which is closest to the road closures in place across from Hagley Park.
  • The Botanic Gardens Armagh street car park will be closed to incoming traffic from 3.30pm and closed to all traffic from 5pm.
  • There are thousands of car parks available in the central city, which you can find using our interactive map.
  • Bike stands will be located in Hagley Park opposite the roundabout over the Armagh Street. Scooter parking zones will be on Park Terrace.
  • Mobility parking is available on Chester Street West (off Park Terrace) – Mobility Pass is required. An accessible viewing area is located next to the Front of House sound desk, signage will be in place to point the way.

Check out all the details on What’s On.