Balloons over Waikato 2019: 19th – 23rd March

Morning Flying & Balloon Rides

The balloons will be flying each morning of the event from Innes Common. This is a wonderful opportunity to get up close to the balloons and watch the teams in action as they prepare the balloons for flight.  There is nothing more majestic than watching the balloons leave the ground and soar across the City.

Morning Flying

Admission to this wonderful event is free!

Road Closure

In the interests of spectator safety we will be closing the road through Innes Common to vehicles between 5.30am and 9.30am each morning of the Festival (unless flights and other activities are cancelled due to poor weather).  This closure incorporates Lake Domain Drive from just aftert he Innes Common entrance to the Killarney Road intersection.  You will need to use an alternative route on these mornings if this is the one you normally use.


Free parking is available at Innes common. Entry is via the Allison Street end of Lake Crescent. There is no vehicle access permitted on either field other than balloon vehicles.


Weather permitting, the Balloons will fly from 7.30am onwards on Tuesday, Wednesday, ThursdayFriday, and SaturdayOn Saturday the Balloons will compete in the Cash Bullseye competition and will launch from the other side of Innes common (by the trees) in the hopes of catching the correct breeze to carry them over the target!

A decision on whether flying can occur is made each morning, please keep an eye on our Facebook page for up to the minute updates.

Balloon Ride Information

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of Hamilton's favourite event.

· Rides cost $370.00 per adult.

· $300 per child (between 7 & 12 years) Note: children over 12 years will be charged an adult fee·

· Children must be over 10 years old to fly.

·  Flights last approximately 45 minutes.

· Flights will take off from Innes Common at approximately 7:30am each between the 19th and 23rd of March 2019.

· Passengers will be expected to check in for their flights by 7am at the Hamilton i-SITE desk situated at Innes Common.

· Flights are weather dependant and subject to availability. Times may vary from above due to weather.

All flights are booked through the Hamilton i-SITE Visitor Centre. To make a booking, simply call  07 958 5960  or email

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