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Hot Air Ballooning Experience - Canterbury

Experience the wonder of floating over the vast Canterbury Plains. Harness the elements of heat, wind and air to dip low over the brilliant blue Rakaia River, flying alongside the snow-tipped Southern Alps.

Highlights

  • A hands-on experience - Passengers are actively encouraged to help the pilot with the pre-flight inflation and the packing up at the conclusion of the flight
  • An early start - Ballooning is best at sunrise, when the weather is calmest and to make the most of the beautiful morning light. Allow approximately 4-5 hours for this remarkable experience, from the time you leave your accommodation to the time you return
  • Spectacular views and fantastic photo opportunities during your one-hour flight
  • A glass of chilled champagne or fruit juice and a light snack after landing
  • In-flight photos are given to you for free by way of facebook

There is nothing quite so romantic and exciting as floating effortlessly over an ever changing landscape.

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Why fly with Ballooning Canterbury?

Ballooning Canterbury is a family owned and operated business situated just outside of Christchurch.

We are passionate about flying. Michael Oakley is one of New Zealand's top balloonists. He has more than 14 years of experience, winning 10 national ballooning events throughout New Zealand and representing New Zealand at the World Hot Air Balloon Championships. Michael is also a keen glider pilot with 26 years of experience of soaring in the area.

We are passionate about Canterbury. Michael was born and raised in the area, a 5th generation Canterbury farmer.

Michael's experience with flying, Canterbury's unique weather patterns and the local landscape gives him a wealth of knowledge to guide you through the elements you're flying in, as well as providing insight into the fertile Canterbury Plains, river gorges and mountains passing below.

We operate three balloons: a Cameron-133 for special occasions or a small number of passengers, a Cameron 210 and a Cameron Z-275, which can carry up to 16 passengers and is outfitted with the latest technology. What balloon we fly on the day all depends on the number of passengers we have booked.

*** Departure Location ***

2136 Bealey Road, Hororata, which is a 35 minute drive west of Christchurch Airport.

 

Please note:

  • We can fly from a number of different locations in the Canterbury area; all flights are weather dependent.
  • Are you a first time or slightly nervous flyer? Not to worry - we will look after you. We want you to have the most enjoyable experience possible and we have flown with all types of passengers. Please tell us if you have any concerns.
  • For visitors to Christchurch, who do not have their own transport and are booked on full fares we offer courtesy transfers from central hotels/motels in Christchurch or out west Riccarton/Airport areas. Note: If you are booking on a discounted fare there is an additional charge of $20.00 per person. This can be paid the morning of the flight. When booking please advise if you require a transfer and where you will be staying so we can advise if we do pick up from there. Please note we do not pick up from private addresses. If you are self driving our address is 2136 Bealey Road, Hororata, which is a 35 minute drive west of Christchurch Airport.
  • Due to our flights being weather dependant we need to be able to contact all passengers after 7.30 pm the evening prior to the flight to confirm that it is operating and to reconfirm the meeting time and place with everyone. The time on you booking form is only to be used as a guideline - we will confirm this with you. If we are unable to make contact with you please call us. Due to the early nature of ballooning please DO NOT CALL AFTER 9.00 PM.
  • Please note we do require a minimum of 2 people to fly and to provide transfers. If you are a single person you are still able to book but please be aware there must be other passengers also booked on that day for the flight to go ahead. Sometimes we will not know until the evening prior to the flight.
  • When booking special bookme hot deals, the operator in very rare occasions, not withstanding all endeavors, - may have to reschedule the time slightly if load requirements dictate and or refund.
  • Please note only one balloon flight departs daily and the departure time differences are for differential fare pricing purposes. Please also note that departure times are dependent upon the sunrise and range between 5am and 6:45am.
  • Adult $395.00
    Child $320.00

    Restrictions

    • Minimum height of passengers is 110cm (3.6 feet)

    Child Friendly

    • This experience welcomes families with children.

    Bad Weather Refunds

    • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.

    Notes

    • Child price applies to ages 12 years and under and over 1.1m tall

    Available Bookings from December 15 to December 21

    Change Dates

    All prices are shown in NZD ($)

    Sun 15 Dec
    Mon 16 Dec
    Tue 17 Dec
    Wed 18 Dec
    Thu 19 Dec
    Fri 20 Dec
    Sat 21 Dec

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult$298.00
    • Child$320.00

    6spaces priced from:

    • Adult$259.00
    • Child$320.00

    9spaces priced from:

    • Adult$259.00
    • Child$320.00

    10spaces priced from:

    • Adult$259.00
    • Child$320.00

    6spaces priced from:

    • Adult$298.00
    • Child$320.00

    8spaces priced from:

    • Adult$298.00
    • Child$320.00

    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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    Geraldine from New Zealand wrote on 30 March 2019

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    Excellent!...will tell others...Mike had great ballooning skills and very informative knowledge of area covered...it helped that we had perfect weather conditions on our flight day!😁

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    Gad you enjoyedwhat was a stunning morning. The flight is just a part of the experiewnce. We try share our knowledge and history of the area you are floating over.

    Eleanor from New Zealand wrote on 06 March 2019

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    Ballooning Canterbury is awesome

    Fantastic, fun, professional and very safe-feeling trip. Wonderful - would fully recommend.

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    Thanks Eleanor for your review

    Matthew Baier from United States wrote on 27 March 2019

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    A must-do!

    Amazing Experience - Would highly recommend to anybody spending time in the Canterbury/Christchurch area! Probably one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done

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    So glad you enjoyed your experience.

    Jemima Wiersma from New Zealand wrote on 07 March 2019

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    It couldn't have been a more perfect

    My dad's 70th birthday present was a hot air balloon trip. The morning couldn't have been more perfect. The pilot and ground crew were lovely, the flight was stunning and sunrise over the plains was spectacular. I highly recommend this tour

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    What a great idea for your dads 70th. So glad we made it an enjoyable one.

    Grant from New Zealand wrote on 04 March 2019

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    Up Up and Away

    Really enjoyable flight. Pilot made flying the Balloon look easy. Well worth it the views were beautiful. Go for it.

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    Thanks Grant. Yes the views are stunning.

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