Hot off the press - our 2017 Festival Programme. Lots of fabulous free events for the whole family to enjoy!
“An Alien Rocket is Landing”
The Wairarapa Balloon Festival is excited to announce their second Special Shape landing at various locations over Easter weekend, 13th to 17th April ... The Alien Rocket!
The Alien Rockets is as tall as a 10 storey building, standing at a height of 29 metres, and extraordinarily was designed and built completely by the pilot, Canadian Alain Bard.
“As a young child, I was always fascinated with the space program - and I always wanted to be an astronaut. For many years, I knew I wanted a special shape balloon in the shape of a rocket. So in 2015, I made my dream a reality, by designing and building the Alien Rocket.”
Bard is very excited to visit New Zealand, “I've travelled to over 40 countries so far,” he says, “I am really looking forward to flying the Alien Rocket over the Wairarapa and hopefully inspiring a new generation of kids to find out more about space, astronomy and learn about our fragile existence on this planet”.
Come and discover the Alien Rocket at the Wairarapa Balloon Festival Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April 2017, and check him out on FB http://facebook.com/alienrocket
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High Kitty, the lucky charm of hot air, is the first special shape hot air balloon guest announced to take to the skies during the 2017 Wairarapa Balloon Festival.
The 33 metre tall gigantic balloon will travel from her home in Dallas Texas, USA to New Zealand to attend the Festival being held across the region over Easter weekend, from 13th to 17th April 2017. It will be High Kitty’s first outing in New Zealand skies and she will be joined by 24 other hot air balloons, including a second special-shaped balloon which is yet to be announced.