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“Fantastic Experience”

Wine Country Ballooning
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Lovedale
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Owner description: Wine Country Ballooning is the Hunter Valley's only Boutique balloon rides company. If you deserve the best possible service at the best price, look no further. With never more than 10 people onboard, flying with the valley's most experienced local pilot and owner of the company ensures a level of service unsurpassed. Balloon rides over the Hunter Valley with Wine Country Ballooning.
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Just had our first ever balloon flights, it was a fantastic experience. Darren & Poncho were excellents hosts ... not everyone finds it easy to fly in a balloon, but their enthusiasm and support and obvious eye for detail & safety certainly provided constant reassurance. We enjoyed every moment of the morning. Thanks.

Thank DaveAnnJessWillGeorge
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Daren P, Owner at Wine Country Ballooning, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2013

Thanks for your review, I agree its not easy for everyone to jump in a balloon and go flying. A picnic basket below a bag of hot air sounds a little scary. Only once you have experienced the magic can you really appreciate how relaxing a balloon ride can be. Thanks again. Daren

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

This was amazing, highly recommend this to anyone. Darren and Poncho were really good. If for someone who is scared of heights (like me) it was a breeze. Thanks :)

Thank Gaye A
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Daren P, Owner at Wine Country Ballooning, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2013

Thanks Gaye. I will pass your comments onto James (aka Poncho) We do have good fun in the morning. We have been working together for over 10 years now so lucky we do. Thanks for choosing to come with us. Daren

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Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

Ballooning over the hunter vineyards is the best way to start your Sunday morning. Daren and Poncho made us feel very welcome and safe. What an amazing experience. Daren's professionalism and local knowledge made the ride fun and entertainming. Thanks guys we really enjoyed our time. I highly recommend these guys

Thank Darren M
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Daren P, Owner at Wine Country Ballooning, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2013

Thanks for the review Darren, sorry my reply took a while to come but we appreciate your kind words. As a small company it means a lot to us to get some feedback from our guests. Was lovely to meet you and your partner and pleased you enjoyed your trip to the valley....and well done on the bike ride!!

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Reviewed August 6, 2013

Amazing experience from the first moment to the last. Darren's expertise put us at ease and gave us another beautiful memory to treasure. We would recommend adding a balloon flight with Darren to your bucket list! Our flight of 8 plus Darren left the ground so smoothly, with the help of Bob his crewman, that it was a minute or two before we realised we were flying. The hour we spent drifting over the Broke Valley was magical and the landing was just as smooth as the lift off. The perfect ending to a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you Darren and Bob.

Thank Ann R
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Daren P, Owner at Wine Country Ballooning, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2013

Thanks Ann
Not a bad job I have is it? really pleased you enjoyed your morning and happy 60th from all of us. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to Bob. Thanks Daren

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

My husband surprised me with a balloon flight for my birthday. I was a bit nervous about going in a balloon but soon forgot all about this and was in awe of the whole experience. The Hunter Valley vineyards are just so beautiful and from the air it just seems magical. Daren, the pilot, lives locally and knew so much about the different vineyards and attractions we flew over. I would recommend Wine Country Ballooning to anyone. I want to go again!!!!

Thank Pauline N
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Daren P, Owner at Wine Country Ballooning, responded to this reviewResponded July 26, 2013

Thanks Pauline. I think your husband scored some good brownie points for that present. I love flying over the valley, its great to show people just how fantastic this place is - can't belive how lucky I am to call it home. As for wanting to come again..Book now!! or maybe a mothers day gift for you???? Thanks again for the review. Daren

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