New bus shuttles for annual fireworks night

The skies over Tomarata will light up again on November 11.
Happy Fish will be playing live.

Fireworks fans should be bracing themselves for the biggest professional pyrotechnic display outside of Auckland next month, when the annual Tomarata Fireworks night is held on Saturday, November 11.

As usual, there’s a range of activities and entertainment on the Tomarata Domain in Pakiri Block Road in the lead-up to darkness falling, with gates open from 4pm.

Highlights include live music from popular Kaiwaka-based covers duo Happy Fish Band, featuring singer and guitarist Sue Joll and husband Gordon, a renowned drummer who has played with dozens of top bands and is an inducted member of the NZ Music Hall of Fame.

There will be a range of food trucks and refreshment stalls with snacks, meals and drinks to suit all tastes and, as ever, people are encouraged to bring their picnic rugs, chairs and cushions for a relaxed pre-fireworks feed.

The kids will be kept busy with bouncy castles, rides, face painting, hair braiding and spray-on tattoos, and this year there will be a special safe play area for under-fives.

Also new this year is a 40-seater bus shuttle being run by Leabourns from Wellsford and Mangawhai, giving people an option to avoid the heavy traffic in and long queues out of the carpark once the fun is over.

Services will run at 5pm and 6pm from Wellsford Community Centre and Mangawhai Museum, with return runs at approximately 9pm and 10pm. Bus tickets cost $8 per person, $25 for two adults and two children, under-fives travel free and bookings are essential – see link below.

Fireworks tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for under-16s, $25 for two adults and two children and $60 for two adults and four children. Under-twos go free.

Tomarata Fireworks is a cash only event and all proceeds go to Tomarata School.

Tickets and bus bookings: