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Balloon Adventures Up Up & Away: Hot Air Balloon 1 hr flight - Christchurch

Up Up and Away is New Zealand's leading ballooning company, owned and operated by Mr. Hal Tapley and Captain Chris Johnson.  Between them, Messrs Tapley and Johnson have over 45 years experience in the aviation industry.

BALLOON FLIGHT INFORMATION

Who are Up Up and Away?
Up Up and Away is New Zealand's leading ballooning company, owned and operated by Mr. Hal Tapley and Captain Chris Johnson.  Between them, Messrs Tapley and Johnson have over 45 years experience in the aviation industry.

The company established ballooning in the South Island fifteen years ago and since then has flown over 50,000 passengers.  Up Up And Away operates six modern balloons and can carry up to 75 passengers at a time.

Why should I fly in Christchurch?
The region's geography and climate are ideal for ballooning.
This is the only place in the world where it is possible to fly from the centre of the city, in view of the ocean, toward snow-capped mountains.  As there is no other comparable activity in Christchurch, ballooning has become a regional icon and "THE optional activity" for visitors spending a night or more in Christchurch.

What is included?
You can be picked up from any hotel, motel or hostel within the central city (or you can meet us at our central meeting point) and  transfers are provided to and from our take off point. Passengers may also participate in preparing the balloon for the flight.  After an approximate one hour balloon flight and landing in a farmer's field, we celebrate the successful flight with champagne.  Everyone will receive a personalised flight certificate signed by your pilot, and you can purchase an in-flight photo of the flight.

Why do we have to start so early?
The best time to fly balloons is at dawn when the winds are light.  This is also the most beautiful time of the day.

What should I wear?
It is warm in the basket so you should dress for the conditions outside.  In winter we suggest long trousers, a warm jacket, hat, gloves and comfortable footwear - trainers or similar.
In summer a light jacket, trousers or shorts and trainers should be sufficient.

Can I bring my camera?
Yes, you can bring a camera or video camera.

How long does it take?
We are in the air for approximately one hour.  You should allow at least four hours from when we meet you until we return you to the same point.

If I am afraid of heights is this OK for me?
Many people who are afraid of heights come on our balloon flights.  The feeling of flying in a balloon is very different from looking off a high bridge or building, or climbing a ladder. You should have no problem, however if you are really concerned please advise your pilot and he will take special care of you.

Is there an age limit?
Ballooning appeals to a wide range of visitors - in terms of both age and nationality. The minimum age is five. There is no upper age limit.  We have regularly flown people in there 80's and 90's. The oldest to fly with us has been 102.

How fit do I have to be?
Ballooning is a "soft" adventure activity so it does not require a high level of fitness. You should be able to stand unaided and climb into the basket.  If you have a serious medical condition or perhaps you have recently had a hip replacement we advise you to check with your doctor for your own peace of mind.

Is it safe?
Statistically ballooning is the safest form of flying.  Certainly much safer than driving in a motor car!  Our balloons are inspected and certified in the same way as an airliner.  They undergo various inspections every year and every 100 hours as required by law in New Zealand.  Our engineer is additionally qualified in the factory of the balloon manufacturer in England.

Who are the pilots?
All our pilots are internationally qualified commercial pilots and amongst the most experienced in the world.  All are full time professionals.

Are the balloons registered?
Our balloons are registered with the Civil Aviation Authority, and are regularly checked by the Authority to provide high safety standards.