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Hot Air Ballooning Experience - Canterbury

Hot Air Ballooning is a magical experience and a flight with Ballooning Canterbury offers panoramic views across the fertile Canterbury Plains to the 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 New Zealand 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 been flying since 1987, winning 10 national ballooning events throughout New Zealand and representing New Zealand at World Hot Air Balloon Championships.

Michael is also a keen glider pilot having represented New Zealand at World Gliding Competitions and has held New Zealand and World gliding records. Michael also holds a private pilot’s licence.

Nicholas has been flying in balloons since he was 4 years old. He had his first solo flight in a balloon at 12, solo glider flight at 14 and solo power plane flight at 16 years of age. He won his first Balloon Fiesta at 14.

At 22 he gained his Commercial Hot Air Balloon License and started flying for the family business. Nicholas is also a keen glider pilot, having won National Titles in New Zealand and representing New Zealand at junior and senior World Gliding Championships in Australia and Europe.

We are passionate about Canterbury.

Michael and Nicholas were born and raised in the area and are also 5th and 6th generation Canterbury farmers.

Their experience with flying and Canterbury's unique weather patterns 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 are only 30 minutes’ drive west of Christchurch Airport.

In-flight photos of your balloon flight are given to you for free by way of Facebook.

We hold the Hall of Fame Certificate for 5 consecutive years of Excellence.

Adult $395.00
Child $320.00

Location

  • 2136 Bealey Road, Hororata, which is a 30 minute drive west of Christchurch Airport.

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

  • We require a minimum of 4 people to fly. If you are booking for less than 4 people 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.

    WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS: Because a hot air balloon is a lighter-than-air aircraft, it is limited to the total number of kilograms it can lift. Weight limitations vary according to the outside temperature, humidity, and the number and total weight of the passengers and pilot on board. It is extremely important for flight planning that we have accurate weights, it is a legal requirement that each person must be weighed before the flight. Please note the maximum weight for each passenger is 130 kg. If anyone is heavier than this, please contact us directly to discuss the options to accommodate them.

    CANCELLATION POLICY: $100 per person cancellation fee applies if they cancel with 48 hours for small groups or within 7 days of flight for large groups. If they cancel within 24 hours of the flight or fail to turn up on the day, they forfeit the full fare. Cancellations must be made directly to Ballooning Canterbury. If we cancel the flight due to weather or for safety reasons, a full refund will be given, or they can change your booking to another date if space is available.

    When booking special BookMe hot deals, the operator in very rare occasions, notwithstanding all endeavours, - 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.

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

    All flights are weather dependent. We need to be able to contact all passengers 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.

    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 $30.00 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 Air BnB’s or private addresses. If you are self-driving our address is 2136 Bealey Road, Hororata, which is a 30 minute drive west of Christchurch Airport.

Available Bookings from September 24 to September 30

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10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$298.00
  • Child$320.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$259.00
  • Child$320.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$259.00
  • Child$320.00

10spaces 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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Cherill Williams from New Zealand wrote on 11 March 2020

Up up up and away

I booked this experience for myself and my husband to celebrate our wedding anniversary and I can't rate it highly enough. 5 stars just does not do it justice. As a full on experience from set up of balloon to pack down it is money well worth spending. Our pilot Nick was top notch informative, knowledgeable in all aspects of ballooning and humorous. A glass of bubbles upon landing with fresh baked muffins and fruit was a lovely finish.

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Andrew McTaggart from Australia wrote on 09 February 2020

Beautiful float over the landscape

Excellent experience, from preparing the balloon, to take off, to the wide views to floating just meters off the ground. Enjoyed every minute, felt very secure, very knowledgable commentary.

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brunan from Brazil wrote on 10 March 2020

One of the best experiences in my whole life.

To be honest, after having in my life’s resume experience with parachutes, paragliding, bungee and so on, I thought I wouldn’t be surprised by the ballon experience, but I was totally wrong. It is now on my top 3 best activities I’ve done in my whole entirely life so far and I do recommend everyone. Just do it!

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Tanya Neville from New Zealand wrote on 08 March 2020

Amazing

We had the most wonderful adventure with Canterbury Ballooning. It was a fabulous clear morning and Nick our pilot set the adventure in a completely calm way. Nick”s knowledge of the history of ballooning was fascinating, along with the local area that we got to enjoy from a bird’s eye view. The scenery was spectacular. It was truly a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone! I will definitely be going again! Landing in the local field and being treated to bubbles and breakfast was an extra treat. Thanks to Nick and his brilliant crew too!

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Rachel Harris from Australia wrote on 06 January 2020

Up up and away

Absolutely amazing.. enjoyed the whole experience from start to finish. Something I had always wanted to do in Christchurch since I had seen the balloons in the mornings growing up there!!

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From Hot Air Ballooning Experience - Canterbury

Hi Rachel So glad you finally got to experience what has to be the best way to view the Canterbury Plains. Come back and see it in the winter. It all looks so different especially with all the snow on the mountains.

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