The Wairarapa Balloon Festival this Easter weekend (18 April -22 April 2019) features many free events and loads of family fun right throughout the Wairarapa.
You'll be able to see pilots take off on early morning flights, the ‘Burner Parade’ through Carterton and Greytown, and meet the pilots’ at Te Kairanga Vineyard following the Meander over Martinborough flight.
Busby the Queen’s Guard is the special shape hot air balloon, and standing at over 95 ft (29 metres) he is sure to draw a crowd! A flying house balloon owned by Mike Pero Real Estate will be an unmissable sight with its bright red walls and pointed ‘roof’ with a cat napping on top.
Don't miss the popular Trust House Night Glow, where tethered balloons light up to music. Visitors to this year’s show will have the chance to take a scenic balloon flight with top commercial balloon operators, Ballooning Canterbury.
Check out all the events below or take a look at the Balloon Festival website.
Thursday 18 April
7am - MoreFM First Flight at Cricket Oval Q.E.Park, Masterton. FREE ENTRY
6pm - Burner Parades on Greytown and Carterton Main Streets. FREE ENTRY
Friday 19 April
7am - Mass Ascension at Carrington Park, Carterton. FREE ENTRY
Saturday 20 April
7am - Park to Paddock Challenge at Memorial Park, Greytown. FREE ENTRY
3.00-7.30pm - Trust House Night Glow at Solway Showgrounds, Masterton. Get your ticket at the Masteron or Martinborough i-SITE Visitor Centre or book online here.
Sunday 21 April
7am - Te Kairanga's Meander Over Martinborough at the Town Square. FREE ENTRY
Monday 22 April
7am - Farewell Flight at Wairarapa College Playing Fields, Masterton. FREE ENTRY
It's going to be a busy Easter - make sure you get your accommodation here now!