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Fireworks, lasers and light show welcome 2019 in Auckland

Auckland’s New Year’s Eve celebrations have led the world into 2019, with SKYCITY’s much-loved midnight fireworks and laser animation display the highlight of the night.

For the first time, the Sky Tower show was accompanied by a complementary Vector Lights show on the Auckland Harbour Bridge, adding another spectacular view for those who queued up around Auckland’s favourite vantage points.

Callum Mallett, SKYCITY Executive General Manager Hospitality, said that while the Sky Tower fireworks remained the focal point of Auckland’s celebrations, it was fantastic to coordinate with the Harbour Bridge on a city-wide attraction.

“SKYCITY is proud to have delivered the annual Sky Tower fireworks display enjoyed by millions, from various vantage points in Auckland as well as broadcasted globally. Auckland is the first major global city to welcome the New Year, and it’s our fireworks and Times Square style countdown clock that everyone looks to. Adding to that was the Harbour Bridge lighting which added another great element to Auckland’s New Year’s Eve show for everyone who was watching,” says Mr Mallett.

The Sky Tower show was the highest fireworks display in the southern hemisphere and Auckland is the first major city in the world to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2019.

Last night, the five-minute fireworks display began midnight and saw 500kg of pyrotechnics, 3200 effects, 1.5 tonne of equipment and 12kms of control cabling installed on levels 55, 61 by a team of experts pyrotechnicians.

The New Zealand-themed laser animation show was beamed on to the northwest and northeast sides of the Sky Tower from 9pm. The countdown clock had a large 60 second countdown before midnight, and as a new addition the timing messages were also in Te Reo Maori.

For the first time, last night the Vector Lights on Auckland Harbour Bridge sparkled continuously from 9pm building up to the countdown where it then pulsed in time with the Auckland Sky Tower. At the stroke of midnight Vector Lights came to life with a five-minute spectacular which was designed to complement SKYCITY’s fireworks display.

The festivities on Federal Street were vibrant where SKYCITY hosted Auckland’s biggest street party, headlined by popular Kiwi bands Jupiter Project, Jetski Safari, Annie Crummer and Lance Savali.

“The fireworks top off a massive night for SKYCITY, we had close to 50,000 visitors coming to enjoy our entertainment, restaurants and bars, free concert on Federal Street and the best view of the fireworks in Auckland,” says Mr Mallett.

SKYCITY Auckland is proud to once again have delivered New Years in partnership with PyroStar International and Soulstorm Lasers Ltd who produce the New Year’s Eve laser and pyrotechnic show. 

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