Escape to a world of peace and tranquility. 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 effortlessly over an ever changing landscape.
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.
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