The ZURU Nightglow

Admission to the ZURU Nightglow is free!

Join us for a night full of fun and entertainment for the whole family - with live music from 4pm on the main stage, amusement rides, a wide range of food options to satisfy any taste bud, a fantastic hot air balloon glow show, topped with the Waitomo Fireworks Extravaganza! So bring along a rug, collapsible chair and picnic and enjoy Hamilton's biggest night out for FREE!

Don't forget to pick up your Lodge Lost Kids wrist band for your little ones from the Lodge tent when you arrive at the ZURU Nightglow!


Check out our awesome lineup for 2020!
4.15pm–5.15pm: Simon Hirst

Simon Hirst is a singer/songwriter from Hamilton, New Zealand. His songwriting has had critics draw comparisons to the likes of REM, and NZ's own music royalty Neil Finn. His debut album 'Feet of God', released in 2018, received widespread praise from critics and the public alike, gaining radio rotation on the hugely popular US college radio scene. 2019 has seen him support Mitch James, Dave Dobbyn, and continue to draw larger live audiences himself. With his sophomore album written, he heads back into the studio in February 2020.

5.30pm–6.30pm: Version 3

Version 3 are a diverse trio of vocalists who have a range of experience in music.  They have competed in barbershop competitions in the USA, quartets, performed in bands, and have performed at many different events.

They love to sing and bring a wide variety of music from the 70s to today's hits.

6.45 pm–7.55pm: 88MPH

88MPH is focused heavily on 80’s music, with a strong leaning to 80’s glam rock, but this versatile four-piece band has the ability to play across all decades from the 70’s to today.

Come and groove with us for a fantastic set of classic songs from the 80’s intertwined with songs from the year that the Balloons over Waikato started, 21 years ago!

8.00pm: The Glow Show– the Main Attraction

Prepare to be thrilled as the balloons present the main event - a spectacularly stunning light and sound show, all choreographed to your favourite music. Followed by a spine-tingling performance by Alofa, leading into the Waitomo Fireworks Extravaganza.

8.30pm–9pm: 88MPH

Stay on and continue to enjoy more mega hits with 88MPH who will conclude the night's entertainment.

Parking Information

There will be a number of full and partial road closures around parts of The University of Waikato from 5:30am - 10.00pm on Saturday 21st March 2020 for the Nightglow. Roads affected are Knighton Road,  Ruakura Road and Silverdale Road.

For a full list of Road Closures, click here.

Free Parking

There will be free public parking available on-site at Gate 1, Knighton Road and Gate 10, Silverdale Road or on surrounding street sides.

$5 Public Parking - Silverdale Road/Ruakura Road (Please see map below)

Please note our paid parking option has changed for 2020.
We offer a paid parking option, where vehicles can park for $5 per vehicle. Please note, this parking is on grass paddocks which may be bumpy or unstable. Care when walking and suitable shoes are advised.   While some lighting is provided, we recommend bringing a torch for yourself to aid in the return to your car when it is dark.

There are two entries to the carpark:

  1. Silverdale Road:  You must access this entry from the Morrinsville Road end of Silverdale Road. Follow the signs from Wairere Drive, Cambridge Road and Morrinsville Road to Silverdale Road.
  2. Ruakura Road:   For those of you from the North end of Hamilton there is a secondary entry point, please follow the signs to Holland Road and onto Ruakura Road.  The City end of Ruakura Road is closed for Park and Ride bus transport, you must access this carpark from the Holland Road end of Ruakura Road.

We now accept all forms of payment. To enable a quicker entry process, please have $5 cash or eftpos/debit card or credit card ready for parking attendants upon entry.

Strictly no access after 8pm.

Disability Parking

There will be disability parking available in Gate 3A off Silverdale Road. You must have a disability parking permit visible on your vehicle to gain access. From this car park, you will have easy access to the Accessibility Viewing Area.

Drop Off Zone

The event drop off zone has changed also this year.  The drop off zone is now located at the University Bus Stop by the round-a-bout within Gate 1, Knighton Road. Access to this drop off zone is via the Clyde Street end of Knighton Road.

This drop off is also for all taxi or ride share options.

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Free Buses

BUSIT to the Night Glow

Take the hassle out of finding a park or stressing about the traffic – use Waikato Regional Council’s FREE Park and Ride services. Five routes will run between key Hamilton locations and the University of Waikato for the Night Glow on Saturday, 21 March 2020. This year we’re delighted to bring you buses from The Base, and Hamilton East as well as all the usual locations. More buses will be running on the routes, so plan ahead and let us do the driving. FREE buses will run between 4.15pm and 7.00pm from the Park and Ride sites and special event bus stops along the routes. After the Night Glow has finished, buses will run on a continuous as-available basis until all passengers have boarded for their return journey.

Park and ride locations

 City Shuttle – roadside parking

 Melville High School via Hamilton East– Collins Rd and roadside parking in Hamilton East

 Frankton Primary School – Rifle Range Rd

  The Base via River Road – parking available in The Base northern car park

--- The Base Express via Wairere Drive – parking available in The Base northern car park

 Grosvenor Park, Rototuna – roadside parking, Thomas Rd

--- Grosvenor Park Express, Rototuna – roadside parking, Thomas Rd

If rain postpones the Balloons over Waikato until Sunday 22 March 2020 there will be park and ride services available on that day instead. Park and ride sites and bus stops. Take away the parking hassles, reduce congestion and travel with us.

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WRC Park & Ride Guide Cover
BOW Bus Route Map

For a full list of Park and Ride bus stops, download the Waikato Regional Council BOW Park & Ride Guide here.


Waitomo Fireworks Extravaganza

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This year our spectacular Waitomo Fireworks Extravaganza will be bigger than ever. An amazing finale to the Festival, brace yourself for one of the  biggest and best fireworks displays in the country. Erupting into the skies following the Glow Show, the Waitomo Fireworks Extravaganza is the an awe inspiring end for the Balloons over Waikato Festival.

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