Balloons over Waikato - The Largest Hot Air Balloon Event in New Zealand
The festival opens on Wednesday with the Hamilton Mass Ascension at Innes Common, come and marvel at the 3 fantastic specials shapes; a whimsical re-creation of Noah’s Arks - The Resene Wild about Colour Ark, a beautiful 25 meters tall, 200 kg parrot, called Peg leg Pete the Pirate Parrot and the Lion King who travels around the world and roars about his wildlife message, Simba.
Thursday sees the return of the WEL Energy Trust Breakfast at Dawn, where the first 2000 receive free breakfast and the balloons lift off at dawn, while the First Credit Union School Hop moves to Midday on Friday, joining 14 schools around the region.
Friday night you can enjoy community fun with the Balloons visiting South Waikato, or head to Garden Place for the hot and fiery Hamilton Central Business Association City Burn with Skycity Hamilton from 6pm – 8pm.
Hamilton’s big night out, is the fantastic ZURU Nightglow at the University of Waikato from 4pm with the orchestrated balloon glow and the fireworks extravaganza, culminating in the Lion Foundation final finale on Sunday morning.
“Expect 5 days of ballooning good fun”, says General Manager, Michele Connell, “Flying with the Animals is shaping up to be our best festival yet, with 3 special shapes, pilots from Belgium, Australia, Taiwan, USA and NZ, and with the small changes we’ve made to the program, we anticipate an amazing week with Flying Animals filling our Waikato skies with color”.
Flying with the Animals will be the best yet!
Don’t miss Balloons over Waikato, 25-29 March 2015.
Photos: © Balloons over Waikato