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What is Balloons over Waikato?

Balloons over Waikato is New Zealand's premier hot air balloon festival. 

Held annually in Hamilton, this event attracts balloonists from all over New Zealand and around the world who come to experience the fun, friendship and warmth of this balloon-friendly city.

Spectators can expect to see an amazing array of bright colors in the sky at the Balloons Over Waikato festival, as well as some crazy balloon shapes such as parrots, birthday cakes, rocket man, Angry Birds, butterflies, crabs and firemen.

Waikato is the perfect backdrop to experience an incredible week of ballooning. 

Need to know

The event is free but spectators must secure a ticket online in advance. There are a limited number of free tickets available.

Did you know?

The festival sees over 130,000 spectators enjoy the unique site of balloons ascending through the Waikato every year.

For more information on this wonderful event, click on the link provided on this page and plan your next unforgettable experience. Don't forget, if you do attend, come back to this page to rate and review it. We always love to hear from our community!

We wish to thank community member Andrew Francombe for this amazing image of the Balloons over the Waikato event.

You can see more of Andrew's excellent work here.

19 March 2024


Start Date:
19 March,2024
End Date:
23 March,2024
Event Website:
New Zealand

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