Ballooning Canterbury was started by Kate and Michael Oakley in 2012. Michael is an experienced pilot who had represented New Zealand at World Hot Air Balloon Championships and now wanted to take his passion further by showing off his beautiful country to others from a sport he loves to share.
They are now joined by their son Nicholas, who is also a top ranked pilot and daughter Hannah who is a full time Radiographer who manages some of their social media.
Ballooning Canterbury operate three balloons all from the Cameron balloon factory in Bristol England. They carry the latest technology in fabric, burners and basket design. They are well maintain by an experienced and qualified engineer. Both pilots are also trained in pilot maintenance from the Cameron factory.
Personalised flights can be organised subject to numbers. Whether it be for Weddings, Engagements, Team building, Work doo’s, Social clubs, Stag doo’s Hens partys, the list goes on. We can organise breakfast, Transport . Just give us a call and chat over your requirements or to get ideas for your fun adventure in a hot air balloon.
Ballooning is suitable for all sorts of people.
We have no upper age limit but ballooning is an outdoor sport requiring a degree of agility. We recommend that people should be fit enough to climb in and out of the basket and to stand for about an hour.
If you are a first time flyer or are slightly nervous, don’t worry – we will look after you. We want you to have the most fun and enjoyable experience possible.
We use partitioned baskets specially designed to ensure safety, comfort and a superb view.Learn more
As a leading balloon company Ballooning Canterbury is committed to minimise the impact of our operation on the environment.