Matariki fireworks – catch a bus

Published 6/07/2021

Special buses are being scheduled to provide easy travel to Christchurch City Council’s Matariki Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday 10 July at 7pm. Avoid road closures and parking by catching the bus.

The event:

Enjoy local kai at New Brighton Mall from 5pm, then Kapa Haka, fire and aerial performers from 6.30pm. From 7pm – 7.30pm there will be the fireworks display at the New Brighton Pier.

Read more about the Matariki Fireworks Spectacular event on Christchurch City Council’s website.

Getting there:

Metro will be putting on additional buses using normal fares to help people get to the event.

When travelling home, Metro is offering free travel from Oram Ave, New Brighton, from 7.30pm until 8pm.

Check out the following lists for times and locations:

Buses to the event:

From University of Canterbury – Ilam Road – Stop #38719 to Oram Avenue, New Brighton

Journey time approximately 45min.

Bus departure times:

  • 5.00pm
  • 5.15pm
  • 5.25pm
  • 5.35pm
  • 5.45pm.

From Merivale – Papanui Road near McDougall Avenue – Stop #39706 to Oram Avenue, New Brighton

Journey time approximately 30min.

Bus departure times:

  • 5.15pm
  • 5.30pm
  • 5.40pm
  • 5.50pm
  • 6.00pm.

From The Palms – New Brighton Road east of North Parade – Stop #39527 to Oram Avenue, New Brighton 

Journey time approximately 15min.

Bus departure times:

  • 5.30pm
  • 5.45pm
  • 5.55pm
  • 6.05pm
  • 6.15pm.

From Park’n’Ride Eastgate - Route 5, Buckleys Road - Stop #11164 to Oram Avenue, New Brighton

Bus departure times:

From Bus Interchange, Platform A – Route 60  to Oram Avenue, New Brighton

Bus departure times with extra capacity:

  • 5.04pm
  • 5.30pm.

From The Palms, Marshland Road – Route 60 to Oram Avenue, New Brighton

Bus departure times:

  • Every 30min until 5.22pm, normal timetable.
  • Every 10min from 5.45pm until 6.15pm.

Getting home – free fares:

All buses departing Oram Avenue, New Brighton, will be free from 7.30pm until 8.00pm.

This includes:

  • Additional Route 5 buses to Eastgate and the Bus Interchange.
  • Additional Route 60 buses to the Bus Interchange.
  • Special buses to The Palms, Merivale and the University of Canterbury.
  • Normal buses for Routes 5 and 60 will also depart Oram Avenue during this time.

Wearing a face covering on the bus

Don’t forget to wear your face covering when on the bus, in accordance with Government requirements. More information regarding face coverings on public transport is available on the Unite Against COVID-19 website