Welcome to Ballooning Canterbury
Escape to a world of peace and tranquility. Hot Air Ballooning is magical experience and a flight with Ballooning Canterbury offers panoramic views across the fertile Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. There is nothing quite so romantic and exciting as floating effortlessly over an ever changing landscape.
Why fly with Ballooning Canterbury?
Ballooning Canterbury is a family owned and operated business. We operate two balloons: a Cameron-90 for special occasions or a small number of passengers and a Cameron Z-275, which can carry up to 16 passengers and is outfitted with the latest equipment and technology.
We can fly a minimum of two people - large groups.
We can offer groups a personalized experience, unique to your wishes; special family occasions, conference flights or team building.
We can fly a number of different locations in the Canterbury area.
What to expect from your day!
Your day will begin with an early start. Ballooning is best at sunrise, when the weather is calmest and to make the most of the beautiful morning light. Start times vary depending on the time of year. Ballooning Canterbury flights operate all year round, depending on passenger numbers and weather see our Flight Schedule for a indication of Availability. Allow approximately 4 - 5 hours for this remarkable experience; the actual flying time is approximately one hour.
We provide courtesy transfers from most hotels for visitors staying in central Christchurch you will be contacted the evening prior to your flight, giving you details of your meeting time and place. Please provide all these detail when you Make a Booking.
When we pick you up from a prearranged meeting place we will drive you to a suitable launch site. Hot air ballooning is a hands-on experience and you will be encouraged to assist with the set up and pack away of the balloon itself.
Before leaving the ground, the pilot will give you a briefing. It is important that you listen carefully and follow your pilot's instructions. Prior to landing it is particularly important that you are prepared and that you know what to expect. Most pilots try to perform as smooth a landing as possible.
Most of the time the balloon will land upright but sometimes the wind at ground level may have slightly increase from when you took off. If this happens the balloon, when it lands, may drag for a wee bit and may even tip onto its side. This is perfectly normal and nothing to be alarmed about. The pilot will brief you of your landing position before takeoff. Our large balloons basket has padding on the inside and handles to hold onto for landing.
Chilled champagne, orange juice and a light snack then be served, to conclude your amazing hot air balloon flight. In-flight photos of your balloon flight will also be available to purchase.
Don’t forget your Camera and lots of Film, Data Memory and Fresh Batteries!!
During your flight you will experience spectacular views and have fantastic photo opportunities see our own impressive Photo Gallery packed with photos of our flights. Be sure to check out Ballooning Canterbury's impressive YouTube Channel our watch some of our select Video Clips to entice you to give ballooning a go! You can also find out what other people thought of "The Ultimate Scenic Adventure" by reading our Testimonials, we also invite you to post your own feedback on your experience!
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Take off into clear blue skies for a unique perspective on New Zealand’s breathtaking mountain, glacier, fiord, lake and river scenery. Aerial sightseeing is one of our most popular visitor attractions and people often say that a scenic flight has been the highlight of their New Zealand holiday.
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