Hororata Night Glow

Saturday 18th May 2019

Click here for a video of the 2018 Hororata Night Glow

Experience hot air balloons firing up the night sky.

Balloonists from all over New Zealand are travelling to this event providing a unique opportunity to experience hot air balloons lighting up the night sky, glowing in unison to music.

Surrounding the Night Glow will be an autumn festival including live music, children’s entertainment and an amazing array of street food, this unique autumn festival will entertain the whole family.

Discounted early bird tickets on sale now until 11.55pm Friday 17th May – every purchaser goes in the draw to win a balloon flight with Ballooning Canterbury for four people. You can purchase tickets online after the discounted sales ends at $20 + $.50 credit card fee until 2pm Saturday 18th May. CLICK HERE  to purchase tickets.

GATES SALES – $20 per person, 16 years and under free, cash only.


Car Park Opens:                                                        2.30pm

Gates Open:                                                              3pm

Chilton House Band:                                                3pm

Cold Inflated Balloon Walk:                                    3pm – 5.00pm (walk inside a hot air balloon!)

UC Balloon Science Activities & Demos:               3.30pm demonstration’s every half hour

Tug O’ War Have A Go:                                            3.30pm – 5.00pm

Glow Circus (kids join in for free):                          4.30pm – 8.00pm (will stop during Night Glow)

UC Weather Balloon Release:                                 4.30pm

Sound Sensation Band:                                            4.30pm

Night Glow:                                                                approx. 5.30pm*

Followed by:

Sound Sensation Band


Event Close:                                                               8.30pm

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

Click here to download programme and site map with stalls list.

Plenty of free on site parking, with an expert crew of volunteers to make getting in and out of the event smooth. Click here for a map of car park entry.

Please note the car park will open at 2.30pm. Self Contained motorhomes are welcome to park overnight, click here for details.

Location: Hororata Domain, 61 Hororata Road. Only 40 minutes from Christchurch airport, 30 minutes from Rolleston, 45 minutes from Ashburton or Rangiora.

This is not a dog friendly event, please leave your pooches at home the balloons may frighten them. No BYO alcohol or glass, there are two licensed bars at the event, including The Laboratory with their craft beers and ciders. You are welcome to bring a picnic, however there are heaps of food vendors at the event.

Postponement date: Sunday 19th May. Please note balloons are subject to weather. If the event is postponed to Sunday the 19th May the festival will run regardless of weather.
No refunds will be given if the event is postponed or the balloons are unable to perform.

Click here for FAQ’s

Contact – info@hororata.org.nz , 021366606

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. In association with: