Don't forget to pack a jacket as the early morning temperatures can be chilly
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Ballooning Canterbury will take you on a stunning trip across the Canterbury Plains in a top of the range hot air balloon. Experience the peace of early morning air and watch the sun come up across the plains before landing and enjoying a glass of champagne, fruit and muffins.
Ballooning Canterbury is a family owned and operated business, with experienced pilots. The company runs a fleet of three balloons - the smallest taking up to 4 people and the largest up 16 people, perfect for everything from a romantic trip for two to a group outing for a special occasion.
Flights are weather dependent so it is recommended that you book early in your stay in Canterbury so you have time to reschedule if necessary. Children are welcome but must be a minimum of 1.1m tall and be accompanied by an adult.
Meet Our Team
Ballooning Canterbury is a family owned and operated business which has been operating since October 2012 Michael Oakley Chief Executive/Chief Pilot.
Michael is passionate about flying. He is one of New Zealand’s top balloonists and has been flying balloons since 1997. Michael has won national ballooning events throughout New Zealand and has represented New Zealand at the World Hot Air Balloon Championships in Mildrua, Australia.
Nicholas Oakley Pilot :
Nicholas has been flying in balloons since he was 4 years old. He had his first solo flight at 12 and won his first Balloon Fiesta at 14. At 22 he gained his Commercial Hot Air Balloon License and started flying for the family business.
Kate Oakley Administration/Bookings :
Kate has a background in tourism and aviation having worked for Newmans Airways, Ansett New Zealand and Qantas New Zealand. She has been married to Michael since 1989 and they have 2 children, Nicholas and Hannah, both of whom have inherited the love for flying.
Hannah is a Radiographer but in her spare time helps out with the company’s Facebook and Instagram.