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“BEAUTIFUL MAGICAL EXPERIANCE” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ballooning Canterbury - Hot Air Balloon Rides

Ballooning Canterbury - Hot Air Balloon Rides
2126 Bealey Road | RD 2, Darfield 7572, New Zealand
+64 508 422 556
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Darfield
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Owner description: Escape to a world of peace and tranquillity. 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. There is nothing quite so romantic and exciting as floating across an ever changing landscape. Come fly with us!
Christchurch, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“BEAUTIFUL MAGICAL EXPERIANCE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

It was a magical experience... got up early in the morning around 4 am... got picked up in the city and on our way we went. We had hands on experience with inflating the balloon and in the end packing it all up... had the most amazing whether... calm and still ,,, Mike was a very good pilot and highly recommend as he has years and years of experience.

Visited May 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Awesome ballooning experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

This is my 1st ballooning experience with Ballooning Canterbury and I am glad I went for it! We woke up really early like 4.30am and got picked up by 5am (we were told that ballooning has to be done in early hours as the weather is the calmest and view is most spectacular at sunrise).

We started off by having hands-on experience to help set up the balloon itself. Our balloonist, Mike, made us feel very safe the entire time. The take-off and landing was so much fun! The hot air balloon has 4 compartments and one can hold about 3-4 people. i would say that the whole flight was smooth and breath taking.

After landing, we all gathered around and chilled champagne, orange juice and muffins were then served to conclude our amazing hot air balloon flight. It was indeed an unforgettable experience and theres no better place to do it than in NZ.

Lastly, I want to thank Michael! I realised that I left my iPhone with the transport van back to CHC. Gave him a call after about an hour and he immediately went to the van to help me search for it. Drove to his house and managed to retrieve my phone! :)

Visited December 2012
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“Wonderfull experience with Ballooning Canterbury”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We had a fantastic flight with Ballooning Canterbury. It started foggy but it had a special effect to see the fog go up over the fields. Mike is an enthusiastic and highly experienced pilot, very reliable. He told very entertaining on navigation, the balloon and the surrounding area. Mike was able to get the balloon to 5000 feet altitude. We saw Mount Cook, where we hiked the day before.
Absolute a recommendation do Ballooning and for sure: do it with Mike, do it with Ballooning Canterbury!

Visited January 2013
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“Amazing experience - couldn't recommend it enough!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

This activity was absolutely brilliant. It's a great thing to do once in your life and although it's something that is offered all over the world I'm really glad we flew with Balloon Canterbury. Mike was really passionate about flying, loads of fun & at the same time puts you at ease as he is a very competant ballooner.

Thanks for an amazing morning!

Visited December 2012
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“Amazing Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

This was definitely the highlight of our trip in NZ! We were unlucky the first day we wanted to fly due to unsuitable weather conditions. We called Michael and was very pleased to know that the flight was available for the next day.

The flying experience was wonderful. Setting up the balloon required efforts of all the passengers and it was fun seeing the balloon rising up. Michael is a very experienced pilot who guided us and taught us many things about ballooning. The ascend was gentle and stable, but yet very exciting as the spectacular view of the canterbury plains became visible to us.

Throughout the flight, Michael would brief us on the various aspect of ballooning and comment on the scenery we were looking at, giving us a complete picture of what we are enjoying. The farms, rivers, mountains and valleys were a great visual treat. The balloon was rotated gently throughout the flight so everyone got a good view of the entire scenery.

At the end of the flight, we were treated to muffins, fruits and champagne. As we raised our wine glasses, Michael said a little balloonist prayer and congratulated us. It was an awesome experience for my wife and me.

Visited November 2012
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