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“Awesome Experience!!! Just do it and you'll have no regrets.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sunrise Balloons

Sunrise Balloons
Dalefield, Queenstown, New Zealand
+64 3-442 0781
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Ranked #92 of 202 Activities in Queenstown
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: Sunrise Balloons is based in Queenstown, New Zealand, flights are scheduled daily, all year round, weather permitting. Queenstown is quite possibly the best landscape in the world to view, and it's even better during a hot air balloon ride followed by a champagne celebration. Come and experience Hot Air Ballooning with us!
cork
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“Awesome Experience!!! Just do it and you'll have no regrets.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

If you can only do one activity while your in Queenstown it's got to be Sunrise Balloons. This trip was amazing from start to finish. We were picked up at our accommodation at 6am by our friendly driver Brian. Shortly after we arrived at our starting point where we met the crew Carrick and Ben. They went through all the safety procedures with us and the group got a chance to get to know each other. Before we knew it we were getting the balloon ready for the flight. I loved the fact that the crew explained in detail how the balloon works and allowed us all to be involved in the process of getting th balloon airborne and packing it up after landing. The flight itself was truely breathtaking, the balloon glided so smoothly. Its simply the best way to view Queenstown and the surrounding area. Carrick (The pilot) was extremely friendly he was more than happy to answer any questions we had. On landing we were greeted by the other members of he crew and given a wonderful picnic , which included pasties, champagne, fruit and a selection of hot drinks. If you get the opportunity give the Sunrise Ballooning a go and you won't be dissapointed .

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“Once a life time Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

You need a bit of luck to have a hot air bloom ride. It all depends on the weather you see. So as soon as we arrived in Queenstown, we booked our bloom ride straight away. We needed to call the company staff at 6am so see if the tour is operating for the day as the weather may look fine but up in the air it could be too windy to fly the bloom.

We stayed in Queenstown for 3 nights. The first morning I was up and ready by 6am. The weather looked promising, but when I made the call, they said the tour was canceled. The second day was the same- weather looked fine but it was still too windy up in the air. My husband and I were quite disappointment as we were leaving the next day. So in the morning of our last day, I was lying on the bed when we called about the tour. Guess what? Yes, we are going on the bloom ride that day.

There were only 6 people in the bucket (including 2 pilots to fly the bloom), so everyone has a good view from the air. We were helping to set up the bloom, in the air for about 1 hour, and then having a champaign breakfast after the ride. It was a very nice experience, friendly staff, nice view! The price was not cheap, so once a life time or maybe twice!

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Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
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“A beautiful day starting in Queenstown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

I'm on my working holiday here and staying Queenstown for 8 months so far. Sunrise Balloons is definitely a must-do here! Everything is so perfect starting with warm welcome by the bus driver in the morning. Then we helped out the get the air into the balloon. Safety concerns and instructions are well delivered. We climbed up to 6,600 feet today and it's really calm and safe. The view is always lovely but I love it from the air and we flew an hour so we can see how it changes as the sun rises. I love the whole experience with nice people in the same group as well :) Big thanks to the team! Highly recommend you all to fly with them!

Visited August 2012
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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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“Overpriced, but amazing all the same.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

We were collected at 6am from our hotel and driven to the balloon. Two guys from our group helped put air into the balloon and then we set sail. We climed to 5800feet and the views were absolutely breath-taking. The best I've seen of Queenstown.
Packing up the balloon upon our return was no trouble and quite fun. The champagne breakfast and pastries were delicious and plentiful and the staff Rock (pilot) and Matt and Kirtsy(???) were absolutely brilliant.
$445NZD is the most expensive thing we did by far and the only thing that was disappointing about the ride was the price. Still glad we did it!!

Visited February 2012
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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“The best way to see Queenstown!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

Me and my girlfriend both have a balloon ride on our bucket list and decided there would be no better place than Queenstown to tick it off our lists. Despite the early start, i soon woke up when we arrived and saw our mode of transport for the next hour. We helped get the balloon full of air then soon we were away! The take off was so smooth i didnt even notice we'd risen about 100m in no time. The flight was stunning, with amazing 360degree views, the basket hardly moved as we glided around the valley flying really low and up to 6,000 feet giving a great perspective of the area! The guide/pilot was very friendly and take some great pictures of the group. An hour later we landed, as smooth as anything, then helped pack away the balloon and enjoyed some champagne and pastries to end the perfect start to the day!

Visited February 2012
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