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Balloons over Waikato

Balloons over Waikato

Balloons over Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Balloons over Waikato. Tuesday 19 March 2024 – Saturday 23 March 2024. This year, it is 25 years in the air; the show attracts balloonists from around New Zealand and internationally – it’s big, bright and bold and makes for a colourful sight across the Waikato landscape.

Held over five days from 7 a.m. each morning and other scheduled times during the day and evening, the event culminates in the Zuru Nightglow show, where the balloons glow to music, finished by a firework display. This fantastic event offers FREE entertainment – something unique and different for the whole family.

Watch the Balloons over Waikato unfold, come to life and dance around in the wind. See their sheer size, feel the heat of the burners on a chilly morning – you can even walk inside a real hot air balloon or book a ride! The pilots are only too happy to discuss all things ballooning and explain the science behind them.

Did you know they are partially inflated with cold air before it is blasted with short bursts of hot air? The balloon rises as the air inside becomes lighter than the cooler air outside.

Plenty to see, eat and do

There is food and drink for purchase, and entertainment is provided throughout, with approximately 130,000 locals and visitors attending from the wider region each year. So good to see all those today who set the early alarm and braved the chilly and dark morning to see Balloons over Waikato. Littlies wrapped up warm – some still in the pyjamas and dressing gowns – others in their school uniforms sat on blankets with their own picnic weetbix breakfasts. Beat that for an exciting start to the day

There is food and drink for purchase, and entertainment is provided throughout, with approximately 130,000 locals and visitors attending from the wider region each year.

So good to see all those today who set the early alarm and braved the chilly and dark morning to see Balloons over Waikato. Littlies wrapped up warm – some still in the pyjamas and dressing gowns – others in their school uniforms sat on blankets with their own picnic weetbix breakfasts. Beat that for an exciting start to the day!

Big ones, bright ones, shaped ones – all part of the Balloons over Waikato show

There is food and drink for purchase, and entertainment is provided throughout, with approximately 130,000 locals and visitors attending from the wider region each year. So good to see all those today who set the early alarm and braved the chilly and dark morning to see Balloons over Waikato. Littlies wrapped up warm – some still in the pyjamas and dressing gowns – others in their school uniforms sat on blankets with their own picnic weetbix breakfasts. Beat that for an exciting start to the day

There is food and drink for purchase, and entertainment is provided throughout, with approximately 130,000 locals and visitors attending from the wider region each year.

So good to see all those today who set the early alarm and braved the chilly and dark morning to see Balloons over Waikato. Littlies wrapped up warm – some still in the pyjamas and dressing gowns – others in their school uniforms sat on blankets with their own picnic weetbix breakfasts. Beat that for an exciting start to the day!

Balloons over Waikato Information

Balloons over Waikato is located at Innes Common, Hamilton for the morning 7am sessions and the Zuru Nightglow. See their website for more scheduled events.

Yes, they are, except for the night show.

It certainly is. They will love watching the balloons

Yes, it is; there is plenty of free parking around the area, so getting there is no hassle.

Yes, it is; the balloons are awesome to see, the people are friendly, and it is a great event. We loved it.

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