Balloons over Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand on the 18 March 2020. Copyright Photo: Jeremy Ward /

Update: 22/02/22

The announcement of the change in the Protection Framework to a Red Setting was heartbreaking for us, as we were amid planning an amazing Balloons over Waikato for 2022. The last thing we wanted to do was cancel the event altogether as we believe it’s an event the community love to support and we know the sight of the balloons flying over the city brings some welcome joy in these uncertain times.

There have been a lot of ideas explored and options looked at to make sure we are meeting guidelines, keeping everyone safe, and still delivering the best version of the event possible and the good news is a Balloons over Waikato – Red Setting Event will occur.

Much like our Covid-19 affected 2020 event, we will be flying across the city every morning of event week, and you can follow us on FB to learn where the best place to ‘Look Up’ and see the Balloons will be every morning.

We will also be providing an amazing virtual ZURU Nightglow at 8pm on Saturday the 19th of March.  This will be a first for Balloons over Waikato where you can tune in and watch the incredible Glow Show online.

While 2022 will be a little different, we are still so excited to be able to fill the skies with Balloons during event week and as our them name suggests….Onwards & Upwards!

For more information on these be sure to check out our social media and our What’s On tab.


  • The Balloons over Waikato Team