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Source: Auckland Council

Since its inception two years ago, Vector Lights has dazzled young and old across the year and this year’s show will be no different.

There are plenty of places with great views of the show. But where are the best locations for viewing? Here are some ideas.

Auckland Waterfront

This weekend, it is all about the waterfront. With the Auckland International Buskers Festival, SeePort Festival on, and much more at the waterfront, there are lots of free activities to add to your plan.  

Head to the end of Queens or Princes wharves to watch the Vector Lights at the end of your festival visit or watch from Silo Park by the superyacht marina.

The elevated walkway will give you a great view over the top of any superyachts berthed dockside.

For a real up-close view take the whānau (family) to Westhaven Drive where you can walk under the bridge and get views from the west and east sides of the bridge.

North Shore

A great place to view both Vector Lights and the fireworks on Sunday night is from the North Shore.

With the city centre as the backdrop, taking in the show from Queens Parade in Devonport or from Takarunga Mt Victoria promises to be spectacular.

Alternatively, watch Vector Lights from Bayswater Marina or from Little Shoal Bay for something magical.

Other options

The great thing about Vector Lights is that the show can be viewed from around the region.

Head up to the top of Maungawhau Mt Eden with a blanket and a picnic hamper to take in the show.

If you are out east, try going to Takaparawhau Bastion Point or Ōkahu Bay, particularly from the jetty.

Looking down the Waitematā towards the harbour bridge is a beautiful way of seeing the show.

Living out west doesn’t mean you miss out.

Head to Te Atatū and enjoy the show from the aptly named Harbour View Beach Reserve.


Finally, and for a truly unique way to experience Vector Lights, get on the water.

If you or a friend have access to a boat, get onboard for a harbour cruise and enjoy the show as you sail up and down the Waitemata.


Wherever you view the show from, make sure you have your smartphone and a Bluetooth speaker with you.

This will ensure the full experience as you will hear the accompanying music as you watch the light display.

Head to just before the show starts to listen to the music.

Key details:

  • Dates: Friday 24 – Monday 27 January 2019.
  • Timing: Approximately every 15 minutes between 9pm and midnight.
  • Hear the soundtrack synced to the light show by visiting
  • For more information about Vector Lights, visit
  • Vector Lights on Auckland Anniversary Weekend show has been designed by Auckland production/animation company Assembly, in collaboration with creative agency Colenso BBDO, and programmed by Mandylights.