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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.


  • 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
  • Winners of the Selwyn Tourism Awards 2021

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 $250.00 (12 years and under)


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


  • Minimum height of passengers is 1.1 meters.

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.


  • Minimum Requirements: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:

    If you cancel within 24 hours of the flight you forfeit the full fare. If your cancellation is due to having a new medical condition which raises concerns about completing the flight safely and comfortably, or which poses a risk to other passengers, we will consider a refund upon presentation of a medical certificate. Cancellation must be made directly with Ballooning Canterbury.

    A $100 per person cancellation fee applies if you cancel with 48 hours for small groups or within 7 days of flight for large groups.

    If we cancel the flight due to weather or for safety reasons, a full refund will be given or you can change your booking to another date if space is available. (Conditions apply to flights booked via a voucher).

    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.


    The government has announced that from 11:59pm on 4 April 2022, there will be no requirement to use My Vaccine Pass.

    From April 5th all passengers will be required to:

    1. Wear masks in all indoor areas and when travelling in our vehicles to/from the launch sites.

    2. Comply with any additional public health measures (including social distancing) that are in place at the time they visit.

    The wellbeing of our passengers and staff is our top priority and all our staff are fully vaccinated.

    What to do if you are unable to fly due to having COVID:

    Please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to fly due to you having tested positive for COVID, or you are required to isolate due to being a close contact. We are happy to change your ticket to another day.

    If you are unable to go another day and have cancelled more than 48 hours from the time of the flight we will give you a full refund.

    If you have to cancel within 48 or 24 hours of the flight and would like a refund please read our cancellation policy below.

    The wellbeing of our passengers and staff is our top priority and all our staff are fully vaccinated. Thank you for doing your part in helping us do this.

Available Bookings from 04 Jul to 10 Jul 2022

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  • Adult$250.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$250.00

  • Adult$320.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$250.00

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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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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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.

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


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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