Balloons ready for lift-off

by Kent Caddick

Tickets are selling fast to the first-ever night ballooning event in Hororata.

Organised by the Hororata Community Trust, the Hororata Night Glow event will be will be held on Saturday, April 28 at the Hororata Domain from 3pm to 8.30pm.

Hororata Community Trust executive officer, Cindy Driscoll, said the event will be a spectacular festival with hot air balloons lighting up the night sky, music, the best food and wine the Selwyn district has on offer, crafts, stalls and heaps of family entertainment.

“Hot air balloons have a certain magic that intrigues young and old, to see them glowing in unison to music is a rare and exciting opportunity.

“While the balloons are the headline act of the Hororata Night Glow, the autumn festival surrounding their performance will offer a whole range of entertainment, making this a great afternoon out.”

There will be musical entertainment including Holly Kimber, Volts and The Easy Hearts. Inflatable minigolf and springfree trampolines will both be free for children to play on, while archery and other activities are planned.

“Food is going to be a big focus of the Hororata Night Glow and we will have a huge range of street food on offer.”

She said the Hororata Night Glow is a community event, which will bring many benefits, primarily raising the profile of this dynamic rural community.

“There are a number of large-scale projects in the pipeline for this district, which could benefit from the event once it is established.

“The Hororata Community Trust has a proven track record of running great festivals, for example, the Hororata Highland Games.

“We have a strong, passionate and willing community who give their time to make these events amazing and the Hororata Night Glow will be no different.”

Tickets are $20 per person, 16 years and under free, cash only at the gate. More information can be found at or on Facebook.