Escape to a world of peace and tranquility and see the dawn break over a silent land.

There’s nothing quite so romantic and exciting as soaring skyward in a balloon and cruising effortlessly over a changing landscape.

Hot Air Ballooning is a magical sky experience and New Zealand offers truly outstanding bird’s eye views embracing mountains, plains, cities and oceans. Many flights begin at sunrise when the air is still and the soft dawn light guarantees great photography. At the end of each flight the basket load of aviators gently descends to earth. The champagne corks pop, a gourmet lunch is served and balloon ride certificates are handed out.

Balloon operations over the Canterbury Plains offer a unique perspective. From Methven an enthralling flight rises beside Mt Hutt revealing the entire 300 km expanse of the plains and offers views of Mt Cook and its entourage of ice-bound rocky peaks.

In other locations such as Carterton, Christchurch and Queenstown, it is a common sight to view giant balloons rising ponderously like the mythical phoenix. If you would like to experience ballooning, inquire at Visitor Centres for local contact details.

So be an early riser and on a clear calm day soar ‘up, up and away’ on a magical journey skywards to capture the sunrise.