The Balloons over Waikato Trust

The Balloons over Waikato Trust is a non-profit organisation and has been successfully running this event for the previous 18 years. The Festival is a major iconic event for the general public on the annual calendar in both Hamilton and the Waikato Region. Six times voted Best Waikato Event by the public of Hamilton, this event is must do in the Waikato events calendar. We were lucky enough in 2015 to win the Best Established Community Event in New Zealand at the NAEP Awards.

The Event runs for five days in late March at Innes Common, Hamilton Lake and The University of Waikato grounds.

Balloons over Waikato is New Zealand's premier hot air balloon festival. Held annually, in Hamilton, this five-day icon event it is arguably the most popular event in the city. It attracts balloonists from all over New Zealand and around the world, who come to experience the fun, friendship and warmth this balloon friendly city provides and to demonstrate their skills in a range of competitive activities.


Over 130,000 spectators over 5 days will enjoy the amazing site of balloons ascending through the Waikato sunrise from 7.00am every morning and Hamilton's biggest night out at the Zuru Nightglow, where the balloons glow to orchestrated music finishing with the best fireworks display in town!