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Balloon Rides - Wairarapa Balloon Fiesta 2014


Thu 13 Mar 2014, 6:00am–10:00am
Fri 14 Mar 2014, 6:00am–10:00am
Sun 16 Mar 2014, 6:00am–10:00am

Where: Martinborough Square, Martinborough Square, Martinborough, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $350.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: tanyakatterns

Please note: Due to the weather, the Night Glow on Saturday 15 March has been Cancelled.

Take a balloon ride with the country’s top commercial balloon operators at this year’s Wairarapa Balloon fiesta and feel the magic of floating over a changing landscape at sunrise.

Flights, which are around an hour long, are offered daily during the fiesta from March 13-16, with early starts to catch the sun rising across the heart of the Wairarapa.

Both operators are CAA 115 approved in New Zealand. Cost is $350 per person and subject to weather. To make a booking and reserve your seat, go to: and leave your details or call on toll free 0508 422 556 to make a booking.

2014 Event Programme
Ballooning is weather dependent so decisions can only be made on the day. To see whether the balloons are flying check out our homepage, facebook, or tune into Classic Hits 90.3 FM.
Thursday 13 March
7.00am Copthorne Solway Park Mass Ascension – Pioneer Grounds, Colombo Rd, Masterton. The fiesta’s official opening sees all the balloons taking to the sky together right on sunrise– an incredible and colourful sight not to be missed!. At the business end, pilots kickoff the start of their competition. Keep an eye out for amazing skills. Free entry
1.30pm Balloon pilots & crews visit various schools in Carterton & Masterton
4.00pm Meet the pilots at the Oval, Queen Elizabeth Park, Masterton followed by an evening flight weather permitting. Have a chat to our fantastic and experienced pilots and see how a balloon works. If the weather allows, the balloons will try an early evening flight from the park. Free entry
Friday 14 March
7.00am Classic Hits Challenge, Carrington Park, High Street, Carterton. Balloons will lift off as dawn breaks. The balloonmeister will set the competition challenges for pilots to showcase their skills. Free entry
8.00pm Burner Parade, Carterton and Greytown. Balloon pilots and crews put on a fiery display parading through Carterton’s main street and then drive on to light up through Greytown’s main street. Free entry
Saturday 15 March
7.00am Wairarapa Times Age Magic over Martinborough, Martinborough Pilots and their balloons return to the south Wairarapa. Meet at the town square to more information on take-off venues and find the best vantage points. Competition points for pilots up for grabs!! Free entry
6.00pm-8.45pm Trust House Night Glow at Solway Showgrounds in Masterton is cancelled due to predicted bad weather fron Cyclone Lusi.
7.00am Resene’s Henley Lake Challenge, Masterton. Balloons launch upwind of the lake and attempt to score points through a variety of exciting skill challenges. Multiple attempts can be made. An exciting competition event at a stunning venue! Free entry

For full programme details and balloon ride bookings during the festival - visit or
All events are weather dependent. and facebook will be updated at 6.30am daily with event status or stay tuned to Classic Hits.