All The Events

The "More FM First Flight" will kick off the 21st year of the Wairarapa Balloon Festival with a spectacular sky-high event ... from 6:30am!

 

All the balloons will take to the sky together right on sunrise for a Mass Ascension - an incredible and colourful sight, from the Cricket Oval at Queen Elizabeth Park in Masterton.

 

Keep an eye out for amazing flying skills AND if you want to be up 'amongst the action' you can Book a Balloon Ride.

Join us at Burger King in Masterton at 1:30pm for a Balloon Festival 'Pop-Up' Event.

 

Explore the interior of a hot air balloon 'envelope' ... meet some of our pilots ... great photo opportunities inside and out of the envelope, and a static basket burner glowing too ... fun for all the family!

Burger King give-aways and a Trust House Night Show Family Pass to win - see you there!

From 5:30 pm Carrington Park will light up with a static fiery display as the sun sets ... Pilots will be firing up their burners, to entertain the crowd, a burner parade with a difference!

Come down and meet the pilots - great photo opportunities to have a 'selfie' with your favourite pilot(s).

Enjoy live music by Wai Col's very own Dragonfly ...

AND satisfy hungry tummies ... there will be a couple of food trucks serving hot food and warm drinks.

Good Friday will see Carrington Park host the Mass Ascension, on the second day of this year's Wairarapa Balloon Festival ... from 6:30am.


Be part of this colourful spectacle at Carrington Park as hot air balloons take to the clear Wairarapa Skies ... day two of flying for our pilots.

 

If you want to be up 'amongst the action' you can Book a Balloon Ride  with our partners from Ballooning Canterbury.

 

Friday 10th April  -  Pop Up  -  Copthorne Solway Park

Come down to the front lawn of the Copthorne Solway Park at 2:00pm for another Balloon Festival 'Pop-Up' Event.

 

Explore the interior of a hot air balloon 'envelope' ... meet some of our pilots ... great photo opportunities inside and out of the envelope, and a static basket burner glowing too ... fun for all the family!

Weather permitting one of our special shapes will inflate and tether (no flying) ...  and  you can win a Trust House Night Show Family Pass.

Balloons lift off as dawn breaks on the Tremains 'Park to Paddock' Ascension at Soldiers Memorial Park in Greytown from 6:30am.

A beautiful venue to watch as the balloons take flight from the park ... which paddock will they land in, only they will know!

If you want to be up 'amongst the action' you can Book a Balloon Ride  with our partners from Ballooning Canterbury.

Gather around the Martinborough Square or other great vantage points; follow the balloons that will be taking off from various locations around Martinborough on Easter Sunday for Te Kairanga's Meander Over Martinborough!

Then head over to the Te Kairanga Vineyard Farmer's Market On Martin's Road. The pilots and crew will be there for brekky too!

If you want to be up 'amongst the action' you can Book a Balloon Ride  with our partners from Ballooning Canterbury.

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Join us from 12pm at Peppers Parehua for the last 'Pop-Up' Event of this year's Balloon Festival AND an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids with Face Painting too, and who knows the Easter Bunny just might make an appearance!

 

Explore the interior of a hot air balloon 'envelope' ... meet some of our pilots ... great photo opportunities inside and out of the envelope, and a static basket burner glowing too ... fun for all the family at Peppers Parehua!

With the exception of the Night Show, all events that form the Wairarapa Balloon Festival are Free!

This includes The Ascensions, The Burns, and the Pop-up Events

Why do we charge entry for the Night Show?

We would love for this not to be the case, however it costs money to put on this fabulous event each year. There are many  infrastructure costs  to enable us to deliver not only the Night Glow, but also all the other events that make up the Wairarapa Balloon Festival.

All money that is made from the Night Show is invested directly back in to the following years Festival.

Do you know someone who could help, we are always looking for sponsorship, and the right sponsor can be the difference between the public paying for admission, or getting in for free.

If you know anyone direct them to our Contacts Us page

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