Tuesday 15 March 2022 - Saturday 19 March 2022


Innes Common
Lake Crescent
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Contact Details

Hamilton i-SITE
Phone: 07 958 5960
Mobile: 0800 242 645

Cost and Booking


Free Family

Held annually, this five-day iconic event it is arguably the most popular event in the city.

It attracts balloonists from all over New Zealand who come to experience the fun, friendship and warmth that this balloon friendly city provides and to demonstrate their skills in a range of competitive activities.

Over 130,000 spectators enjoy the amazing site of balloons ascending through the Waikato each year, from 7.30am every morning.


How to book a Balloon Ride

The Kiwi Balloon Company is the only commercial operator during this event.  All bookings must be booked through Hamilton i-SITE.

Important information:

  • It is mandatory that all passengers must be fully vaccinated (due to the inability to social distance in a hot air balloon basket and the chase vehicle).  You will be asked to present your Covid19 vaccine pass on the day of flight.
  • The Adult rate is $390.00 per person, Child (7-12 years) rate is $310.00 per person. Minimum age is 7 years old and they must be over 1.1metres (you are not able to hold your child whilst in the basket).
  • Flight is approximately 30 minutes, however you must allow 4 hours duration.
  • For safety and operational requirements, passengers are required to declare their accurate weight upon booking and will be weighed on the day.
  • Passengers must check in at 6.45am with the i-SITE consultant at Innes Common, with flight departing approximately 7.15-7.30am (depending on weather). 
  • Please note the weather can be a deciding factor whether we fly on the day, as we need little wind, and no rain.
  • The Pilot may choose to move to a different location in Hamilton, to be able to fly, and you would be transported by the Kiwi Balloon Company, therefore there is no guarantee that you will fly alongside other balloons.
  • Flights are non-refundable, however if the pilot cancels due to weather conditions, the booking would be refundable.  If the event is cancelled due to COVID19 the booking would be refundable.
  • There are limited spaces per day. 
  • Two weeks prior to departure, we will be back in touch with you with more details regarding the check in process.
  • The use of drones are not allowed during this event.

To secure your flight we must receive full payment (Visa/MasterCard credit card). 

Please contact the Hamilton i-SITE on +64 7958 5960 or NZ free phone 0800 242 645 or email