Standing at the end of Clyde Quay Wharf is about the closest you can get to the harbour firework displays. They happen a few times a year. This was from New Years Eve. It’s one of my favourite spots to photograph fireworks, as you can see the city skyline behind. There are also a lot fewer people than along the waterfront by Frank Kitts Park. In the foreground to the left is the Wellington Marina Berths for yachts.
For this year’s Chinese New Year I wanted to make sure I was on the harbour to watch the fireworks. This is the view west to Wellington’s central from the end of Clyde Quay Wharf. The fireworks came from a platform about half way between us and Frank Kitts Park on the waterfront. It was a great place to stand and watch. Dad and I were in a crowd of people, even a few photographers. I struggled to get many sharp or well exposed photographs. Out of the hundred or so I captured this was the best that night.
One year on from the previous photograph of fireworks I wanted to get a bit closer to the water to avoid foreground distractions and attempt to get some of Wellington city lights in the background. Not knowing exactly where the boat or platform that the fireworks would fire from would be, I went along Oriental Parade. I set the tripod about half way up the hill on Carlton Gore Road, looking back towards central Wellington. Due to the winds the platform came much further out into the harbour than last year’s firework display, so the background shows more of the Port but it’s certainly an improvement over last year.
When I first moved to New Zealand in 2012 I was surprised that they celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. Any excuse to try to photograph a professional firework display is fine by me. This photograph was taken from the Brooklyn Wind Turbine entrance on Ashton Fitchett Drive looking down between the houses to Lambton Harbour. From this height we avoid some of the taller buildings of Wellington’s central business district. Behind the fireworks in the background is Petone on the other side of the harbour.