The Zuru Nightglow
Saturday 21 March 2020

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 Hamilton's biggest fireworks display! 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 and THE Band

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.

The Glow Show will be accompanied by a spectacular fireworks finale.

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 and Ruakura.

Silverdale Road is a one way system, meaning it will be a right turn only at Silverdale/Ruakura roundabout. All vehicles will be guided right to join the Morrinsville Road loop.

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 Parking

There is paid parking for just $5 per vehicle located in Innovation Park. Entry to this car park is via Ruakura Road only.

Drop Off Zone

A drop off & collection zone is located at Innovation Park with access via Ruakura Road only, exiting onto Wairere Drive. There is a drop off zone only located by Gate 3A, Silverdale Road. Access to this drop off zone is via Morrinsville Road only. Note, due to the high volume of traffic, this cannot be used as a collection point. Please use Innovation Park as a collection point at the end of the night.


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

 Grosvenor Park, Rototuna – roadside parking, Thomas Rd

 Frankton Primary School – Rifle Range Rd

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

 City Shuttle – roadside parking

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

If rain postpones the Balloons over Waikato until Sunday 21 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.

BOW Bus Route Map