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Experience the amazing sight of balloons ascending through the Waikato sunrise at the annual Balloons over Waikato Festival, at 7:30am daily from Wednesday 25 - Sunday 29 March. Don't miss Hamilton's biggest night out at the ASB Nightglow at Waikato University on Saturday 28 March, for entertainment and a fantastic balloon glow to orchestrated music finishing with the best fireworks display in town.
Admission to Balloons Over Waikato is free. As well as the daily sunrise ascensions and spectacular ASB Nightglow event, the Balloons Over Waikato programme features breakfasts, school visits, markets, live music, competitions and more.
InterCity makes getting to Balloons Over Waikato easy with multiple daily bus services to Hamilton from Auckland, Tauranga, Rotorua and other North Island locations.
Bus Auckland to Hamilton: 2 hours
Bus Rotorua to Hamilton: 1 hour 30 minutes
Bus Tauranga to Hamilton: 1 hour 45 minutes
Bus Wellington to Hamilton: 9 hours
Bus Palmerston North to Hamilton: 7 hours 30 minutes
Bus New Plymouth to Hamilton: 4 hours
Bus Gisborne to Hamilton: 7 hours
Bus Coromandel to Hamilton: 3 hours 40 minutes
Bus Hastings to Hamilton: 5 hours 30 minutes
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