The Hororata GLOW Festival is all go for Saturday 13th May 2023! Hororata Domain 3pm – 8pm




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You are invited to GLOW with our community.

The Hororata Community Trust is excited to bring the Hororata Glow Festival to our community for the third time. Building on the past three events the Hororata Glow Festival promises to be even more spectacular in 2023.

The hot air balloon Night Glow will again light up the sky. Be amazed as these giant balloons glow in unison to music*. Prior to the Night Glow performance, people will be able to walk inside a giant cold inflated hot air balloon as well as interact with the balloon crews. Surrounding the hot air balloons will be a magical festival where everything will GLOW! For more information to come on activities and attractions.

The Hororata Glow Festival will host the best of Selwyn food and wine, attractions and activities. As well as offering a cultural feast with 40 different food vendors.

More information

Click here for videos of past festivals and follow us on Facebook for updates.


To manage crowd size there will be no gate sales with all tickets to be sold prior to the event online or at selected locations. This will ensure there is plenty of space and food vendors for everyone to have an enjoyable event. Tickets will go on sale soon! Watch out for the early bird specials.


Plenty of free on-site parking, with an expert crew of volunteers to make getting in and out of the event smooth.

Self-Contained motorhomes are welcome to park overnight.

Hororata Domain, 61 Hororata Road.

Only 60 minutes from Christchurch airport or Rangiora, 45 minutes from Rolleston, 45 minutes from Ashburton.

We recommend if you are coming from Christchurch direction to come through Darfield, not up Bealey Rd. This will ensure traffic is split between the two roads and hopefully avoids any major traffic jams.

Sunday 14th May.

If the weather is not favorable on the 13th of May the event will be postponed to Sunday 14th of May. This could be because of wind or other weather. If the event is postponed it will run regardless of the weather on the 14th May.

A decision on postponement will be made by 8 pm Friday 12th May. If the event is postponed tickets will automatically be transferred to the 14th of May, however, there will be no refunds if the event is postponed and the ticket holder cannot attend.

No dogs, no BYO alcohol, no glass.

The weather and wind may affect when the Night Glow happens and the type and length of their performance. 5.30 pm is the earliest time the Night Glow could happen. The balloons will not leave the ground at any point during the performance.

No refunds will be given if the event is postponed or the balloons are unable to perform.

If COVID 19 affects the running of this event, refunds will be available for tickets purchased. The Hororata Community Trust is will be implementing the industry best practice guidelines at this event.

We will be conducting bag searches at the gate.

This is a smoke-free event.

We have a huge selection of food vendors at the event however you are welcome to bring a picnic.

There will be two licenced bars at the event. We are managing the capacity of this festival by limiting ticket sales this will avoid the overcrowding issues experienced at the 2019 event.  Click here for more FAQ

This event is brought to you by the Hororata Community Trust, the same community which brings you the Hororata Highland Games. All profits from this event will benefit our community.
All ticket purchasers (either prior to or at the event) are subject to the Hororata Community Trust Ticketing terms and conditions.

This event is brought to you by the Hororata Community Trust, the same community which brings you the Hororata Highland Games.

All profits from this event will benefit our community.