FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Every event during the week is free admission!
Ballooning is weather dependent so decisions can only be made on the day. To see whether the balloons are flying check out our homepage, Facebook page, twitter feed or tune into The Hits 98.6 FM. Please note there is no scheduled afternoon flying due to the unpredictability of afternoon weather conditions. However, keep an eye on the skies for the balloons if weather permits.

Tuesday 17 March 2020

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Hamilton City Council Opening Fiesta

From 7.00am approx
Innes Common, Hamilton Lake

Don’t miss the first chance to see the balloons take to the sky!

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Zuru Balloons over the Mighty Waikato.
Night Glow Waikato Uni.
The CBD Walk Thru Balloon

4.00pm-5.00pm
Garden Place

Visit Garden Place for an amazing experience walking inside a real hot air balloon for a gold coin donation to KidsCan. While you’re there, grab a photo one of our balloon baskets.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

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The Grassroots Trust Lift Off

From 7.00am approx
Innes Common, Hamilton Lake

Celebrate Day Two of our Festival with prizes & spectacular balloons.

25032018 News Photo: Mark Taylor / STUFF
Zuru Balloons over the Mighty Waikato.
Night Glow Waikato Uni.
The CBD Walk Thru Balloon

4.00pm-5.00pm
Garden Place

Visit Garden Place for an amazing experience walking inside a real hot air balloon for a gold coin donation to KidsCan. While you’re there, grab a photo one of our balloon baskets.

Thursday 19 March 2020

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Wel Energy Trust Muffins in the Morning

From 7.00am approx
Innes Common, Hamilton Lake

Bring the family and enjoy a complimentary morning muffin & fruit for the first 2,000 people.

25032018 News Photo: Mark Taylor / STUFF
Zuru Balloons over the Mighty Waikato.
Night Glow Waikato Uni.
The CBD Walk Thru Balloon

4.00pm-5.00pm
Garden Place

Visit Garden Place for an amazing experience walking inside a real hot air balloon for a gold coin donation to KidsCan. While you’re there, grab a photo one of our balloon baskets.

Friday 20 March 2020

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First Credit Union Carnival

From 7.00am approx
Innes Common, Hamilton Lake

Share in the fun with First Credit Union’s carnival of games, prizes & balloon lift offs.

25032018 News Photo: Mark Taylor / STUFF
Zuru Balloons over the Mighty Waikato.
Night Glow Waikato Uni.
The CBD Walk Thru Balloon

12.00pm-1.00pm
Garden Place

Have lunch at Garden Place and walk inside a real hot air balloon for a gold coin donation to KidsCan. While you’re there, grab a photo one of our balloon baskets.

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Balloons Visit Waipā

5.00pm - 8.00pm
Albert Park, Te Awamutu

Celebrate the balloons coming to Te Awamutu with live music, food & entertainment for the whole family.

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The Base Basket Burn

6.00pm - 8.00pm
The Base, Te Rapa

Come for dinner, enjoy live music from The Monroes and feel the heat of the hot & fiery basket burn at 8pm.

Saturday 21 March 2020

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Cash Grab Spectacular

From 7.00am approx.
Innes Common

Be amazed by the skills of our pilots as they attempt to win $1,000 cash from the top of a pole.

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The ZURU Nightglow

From 4.00pm - 9.00pm
The University of Waikato, Hamilton

Join us for our biggest night of the Festival! Live music, rides, fireworks, and the star of the night, the Nightglow! Check out the ZURU Nightglow full programme here.