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The 2024 Wairarapa Balloon Festival is the must-see family fun event of the year, taking place over Easter, from 14th –18th April.


Be sure to welcome the 12-strong Hot Air Balloons during this 5 day Wairarapa wide event, with balloonist competitions, joyful and vibran sky high displays from the balloons.

View the balloons from the comfort of you home. Sorry due to Covid restriction we will not be able to allow public at takeoff sites. We will advise each morning what direction the balloons may take so you can see the joyful display in our sky's of the balloons.

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Thursday 14th April

More FM First Flight – from 6.30am, Masterton 

Friday 15th April

Mass Ascension – from 6.30am, Carterton 

Saturday 16th April

Park to Paddock Challenge – from 6.30am, Greytown 


Saturday 16th April - Night Glow - Cancelled due to Covid restrictions

Sunday 17th April

Meander over Martinborough – from 6.30am 

Monday 18th April

Farewell Flight – from 6.30am, location TBC 
Pilots and their balloons will take off for the last time in the festival’s finale flight.


This schedule is subject to change, as ballooning is weather dependent so decisions can only be made on the day. To see whether the balloons are flying, check out this website, Facebook or Instagram, or tune into Wairarapa’s More FM 89.5.


Supporting The Festival

Do YOU want to be involved in the Wairarapa Balloon Festival? 

Take a look at your options and support this fantastic iconic Wairarapa event. Click on the link below:

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