Balloons over Waikato is New Zealand’s premier hot air balloon festival. Held annually in Hamilton, the five-day event is one of the most popular events in the city. It attracts balloonists from all over New Zealand and around the world, as well as thousands of spectators. There’s a range of competitive activities, balloon rides, and the “Zuru Nightglow”, a hugely popular night out in which a unique hot air balloon glow display is accompanied by live music and food and capped off with the region’s largest fireworks display. More information at www.balloonsoverwaikato.co.nz.