12 Mar 19: Balloons over Waikato's High Flying 20th Birthday Starts Next Week

Balloons over Waikato turns 20 and we are celebrating with hot air balloons from around the world and all of your favourite events, colouring Hamilton city and the region for 5 days from: Tuesday 19th – Saturday 23rd March.

The Shaped Hot Air Balloons are always the stars of the show, and this year, your favourites have returned!  Event Manager Michele Connell is thrilled to have 3 favourite Special Shapes from the last 20 years return for this years fiesta. “We are proud to be 20,  and we are so excited to have some of our favourite balloons returning this year, with the popular Darth Vader, the stunning Betty Jean Butterfly and Resenes Proud to be Kiwi all coming back to us for a 2nd visit.”

Balloons over Waikato is free and its for everyone. Immerse yourself in the weeks high flying fun at Innes Common with competitive flying tasks each morning from 7.00am. Celebrate our birthday with fun and giveaways every day, starting Tuesday with the Hamilton opening party, Wednesdays Grassroots Trust Birthday Bash,  Thursdays WEL Energy Trust Birthday Breakfast with the Gallagher Chiefs and The First Credit Union Friday Festival. Then on Friday evening, bring the family for dinner to the hot & fiery City Burn and Markets thanks to Hamilton Central in Garden Place, or visit the regions when balloons head to the Thames Racecourse in Thames and Victoria Square in Cambridge.

Saturday morning concludes morning flying, where balloonists compete in the popular cash grab at the McDonalds Hamilton Happy Birthday and the ZURU Nightglow is the finale from 4pm on Saturday night.

Hamilton’s biggest night out is The ZURU Nightglow on the grounds of the University of Waikato starting at 4pm Saturday. This is a real highlight of the week with 5 hours of live entertainment on the main stage, food, carnival rides and games, its one for the entire family. At 8pm the stunning orchestrated hot air balloon glow gets underway, culminating in the finale of the spectacular firework display. A night not to be missed.

See you at Balloons over Waikato 20th Birthday! Visit www.balloonsoverwaikato.co.nz for all the information you need, or like them on Facebook for the most up to date daily flying information.

For more information contact
Jenni Muhlmann                                                      
Media & PR Manager                                              
Balloons over Waikato                                             
027 292 4220