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Balloons Over Waikato

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I am never sure if a long weekend away, one including getting up an hour before dawn – three days in a row, hauling weighty photography gear around and having six photoshoots over 3 days is a holiday. I’m pretty sure it’s not. Though it is infinitely better than hanging around the house wishing I was on holiday…

So… three days in the Waikato. We stayed at a brilliant and remarkably inexpensive homestay, a nice little one bedroom unit, with all the fresh garden veg you could pick and eat, a small flock of sheep, some heifers, and well, it was fairly idyllic. I’ll post some photos of that later – but the first set of photos I developed were from the big Final – the last dawn on Innes Commons… Every last balloon on display… it was AWEsome! In the real, true, old-fashioned awesome way that awesome used to be…

Balloons-7It all begins before dawn… so many balloons, so much space, so many people (but not TOO many)…

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Written by Titirangi Storyteller

01/04/2014 at 2:09 pm

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  1. […] photos were taken at Balloons Over Waikato, the hot air balloon festival held in Hamilton, New Zealand every year. Amazing how something that […]


  2. The floating cake is more than a bit surreal, but such lovely colors. Would love to see one of these festivals in real life one day. Still have never taken a balloon ride, and it’s always been on my want list.



    13/04/2014 at 5:15 am

    • Same here. There are balloon festivals around the US… perhaps you can do a 4-day escape one of these days and do it! They really are fun and energising and highly recommended…


      • Maybe that’s that I’ll find for our mini vacation from life………



        17/04/2014 at 4:44 am

      • I’m having a wonderful time hunting for steampunks in Whangarei this Easter Weekend… 4 days of photography! Sigh…blisss…


      • Lens envy, big time………….



        22/04/2014 at 5:31 am

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