Waiarapa Hot Air Balloon Festival - New Zealand

The four-day festival in March usually hosts approximately 25 balloons from around New Zealand and from overseas each year.

The combination of superb flying conditions, supportive sponsors and a welcoming and enthusiastic community has helped build the event into a key fixture on Wairarapa’s event calendar.

During the festival the balloons launch at dawn each day from locations in Masterton, or Carterton. Evening flights and a street parade are also held. All events are weather dependent.

 


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When to Visit
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