Methven is one of New Zealand’s finest Hot Air Ballooning locations. You have to rise early in the morning to catch a hot air balloon flight, but the experience beats sleeping in every time. Glide over Methven and the spectacular Canterbury Plains with views from snow capped mountains of the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean.
Aoraki Hot Air Balloon Safaris
Come and experience the sheer magic of hot air ballooning over the Canterbury plains with Aoraki Balloon Safaris, Methven. Recognised as a principle leader in safety and innovation, Aoraki Balloon Safaris has been operating since 1992 from their Methven base, and has a team of highly experienced pilots and crew who will make your experience an unforgettable one, right from your tranquil ascent to the Champagne style breakfast on landing!
Aoraki Balloon flights operate all year round, weather dependant. Day-break is the best time to fly, with conditions clear, cool, calm and stable; perfect for a gentle drift out over the patchwork plains towards the snow capped Southern Alps so unique to Canterbury.
See The Sights From A Hot Air Balloon
We offer a number of different flight packages including balloon weddings. On a fine day, expect to see a full 300km panorama with views of Mt Cook and the national park mountains and the Rakaia River (one of the world’s finest examples of a braided river system).
Let our experienced pilots and ground crew take care of you on a fantastic skyward adventure. We are passionate about both hot air ballooning and the central Canterbury region and we look forward to sharing our knowledge and time with you ensuring a personal experience you will never forget.