The Balloons over Waikato festival runs from Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th March.
The festival opens on Wednesday with the Hamilton Mass Ascension at Innes Common
There are three fantastic special shapes; a whimsical re-creation of Noahs Arks - The Resene Wild about Colour Ark, a beautiful 25 metre 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.
On the Thursday the WEL Energy Trust Breakfast at Dawn, provides the first 2000 Early Birds 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 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.
Hamiltons big night out, is the 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 five days of ballooning good fun, says General Manager, Michele Connell, Flying with the Animals is shaping up to be our best festival yet, with three special shapes, pilots from Belgium, Australia, Taiwan, USA and NZ, and with the small changes weve made to the program, we anticipate an amazing week with Flying Animals filling our Waikato skies with colour.
Visit www.balloonsoverwaikato.co.nz for further information.
Soft dawn beauty.