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 Resene Colour Blast 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 Saturday 19th March 2022!
4.15pm–5.15pm: Anna Hawkins

"Some singers are gifted with a voice that has the power to uplift - irrespective of the song being sung. Anna Hawkins is one such individual... her voice enfolds and enhances all musical material that crosses her path" - (NZ Musician)

"For those partial to female folk singers, Anna Hawkins is a real deal homegrown talent” - (Keeping Up With NZ)

Known for her ethereal voice and compelling storytelling Anna combines earthy textures of folk, world and classical music to captivating effect. Performing on stage across multiple genres since the age of seven, Anna is driven by her desire to uplift people through the power of music, story and connection.

5.30pm–6.30pm: Cherie Holden

Cherie Holden has a musical background ranging from singing Barbershop, Pop and Country music. She has performed at many different events including past Nightglow events with different acts.

Cherie brings to you a variety of catchy cover songs from the 70's 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.

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, for the first time ever, choreographed to live music! Followed by a spine-tingling performance by Te Waiora Waikato, leading into the Resene Colour Blast 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 20th March 2021 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 - Access via Ruakura Road (Please see map below)

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.

$5 Paid Parking is located within Innovation Park, access via Ruakura Road only. There will be no access to Ruakura Research Centre via Wairere Drive.

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. 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.

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, 19 March 2022. 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.

Please note: We encourage and expect all passengers over the age of 12 to wear a face mask while on the buses to and from The ZURU Nightglow.

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 20 March 2022 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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BOW Bus Route Map

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

The Resene Colour Blast Fireworks Extravaganza

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This year our spectacular Resene Colour Blast 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 Resene Colour Blast Fireworks Extravaganza is the an awe inspiring end for the Balloons over Waikato Festival.