Sunrise Balloons

Providers of unique hot air ballooning experiences, Sunrise Balloons operate amongst the beautiful alpine vistas of the Queenstown region in the lower South Island of New Zealand.  Drifting peacefully at altitudes of up to 6000 feet above the picturesque valleys between Queenstown and Arrowtown, the hot air balloon flights take passengers on a rare journey of discovery high over the rugged alpine landscape with panoramic views second to none.

balloon over alps - Sunrise Balloons

Family owned and operated, Sunrise Balloons has been running hot air balloon flights since 1998 and has excellent local knowledge of the local weather conditions, history and landmarks along with very experienced pilots.  Flights are scheduled every day, year round (weather permitting) with dawn being the preferred take-off time as the weather is cool and calm.

The Highlights

Several popular Lord of the Rings filming locations including The Ford of Bruinen, Dimrill Dale, The Gates of Argonath, The Pillars of the Kings are just some of the magnificent highlights of your hot air ballooning trip.  Uninterrupted views of the Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu, Lake Hayes and the Shotover and Kawarau rivers will provide some of these best photo opportunities ever imagined.

While experiencing the sun rise from the serenity of the hot air balloon passengers will also be able to spot Coronet Peak, The Remarkables mountain range, Mount Aspiring, Mount Tutoko in Fiordland National Park and Mount Earnslaw in the distance.

balloon blue sky - Sunrise Balloons

Marking the end of the perfect morning passengers will be treated to a champagne breakfast in the landing field. Champagne, tea, coffee, juices, muffins, fruit and more will await you upon arrival.

The Balloons

Sunrise Balloons have three hot air balloons in use, two Lindstrand and one Kavanagh.  These balloons are manufactured offshore under strict standards of quality.  Piloting a hot air balloon takes skill and experience, with no directional mechanisms on board, when steering a hot air balloon the pilot must manoeuvre the balloon up and down to encourage movement in a particular direction while making use of local currents of air.

Lindstrand balloons are manufactured in the UK, Sunrise Balloons has two of these, one with a volume of 240,000 cubic feet or 6,800 cubic metres and one slightly larger at 260,000 cubic feet or 7,368 cubic metres.  Air is heated by a Lindstrand ‘Jetstream’ Series 2 Triple burner, producing a heat output of approximately 4,390 kW per burner.

The Kavanagh balloon was built in Australia, and has a volume of 140,000 cubic feet or 3,968 cubic metres.  Air is heated by a Kavanagh double burner which produces approximately 3,500 kW per burner.

balloon snow landing - Sunrise Balloons

The Facts

The Safety

Weather conditions are constantly monitored and the balloon flights will only take off in calm and clear conditions at the discretion of the pilot on the day.  All pilots are CAA certified and flight tested annually.  All balloons are subject to annual checks and airworthiness reviews similar to any other aircraft.   Sunrise Balloons holds an Adventure Aviation Operator Certificate, approved by Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand.

For up to date pricing, more information or to book your hot air ballooning experience, get in touch with Sunrise Balloons.  Looking to explore the top tourist attractions and activities while in Queenstown?  Set your own sightseeing timetable with a reliable rental car from NZ Rent A Car Queenstown.

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