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Night Glow - Wairarapa Balloon Fiesta 2014: CANCELLED

When:

Sat 15 Mar 2014, 6:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Solway Showgrounds, Judds Road, Masterton, Wairarapa

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adults: $10.00
  • Children(12 and under): $5.00
  • Family(2 adults, 3 children): $25.00
  • Under 5s: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: tanyakatterns

Hot air balloons from around NZ and the world take part in this four-day balloon extravaganza - one of New Zealand’s most spectacular events!

We welcome for the first time ever in New Zealand - The gargantuan space shuttle Patriot all the way from USA! to join balloons and their pilots over four days for the spectacular Wairarapa Balloon Fiesta from March 13-16 2014.

Balloons launch each day at around 7.00am in a breathtaking display. Some late afternoon flights will also take place.

Night Glow: The fiesta’s celebrated highlight, the spectacular Night Glow will be held on Saturday March 15 at Masterton’s historic Solway Showgrounds 6pm - 9pm, where a ‘festival atmosphere’ will add to the entertainment.
The Night Glow is the jewel in the crown of the fiesta, where tethered balloons glow like light bulbs and brighten the night sky in a dazzling show choreographed to music.
Music, family entertainment and aviation displays too! Gates open from 5.30pm.

Bring the whole family and a picnic. Food and drinks available for purchase.
Cash gate sales only - adults $10, children 12 and under $5, under 5s free, family pass $25 (2 adults, 3 children).

Please note: Balloons may inflate at any time during the evening depending on weather conditions.

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, Solway Showgrounds, Masterton. The jewel in the crown of the fiesta, where tethered balloons glow like light bulbs in a dazzling show choreographed to music. Entertainment, music and aviation displays to entertain the whole family in the lead up to the glow. Gates open from 5.30pm. Bring the whole family and a picnic, though food and drinks will be available for purchase. Cash gate sales only - adults $10, children 12 and under $5, under 5s free, family pass $25 (2 adults, 3 children).NB: Balloons may inflate at any time during the evening
Sunday 16 March
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

All events are weather dependent. Our website and Facebook will be updated at 6.30am daily with event status or stay tuned to Classic Hits.