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Address: 121 Main Street, Methven 7730, New Zealand
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+64 3-302 8172


The 'Magical' Sky Experience...


The 'Magical' Sky Experience

Methven - 'New Zealand's Finest Ballooning Location'

Commencing at sunrise, allow up to 4 hours (about 1 hour is actual flight time), concluding with a buffet champagne style breakfast as a picnic in the farmers fields where the balloon lands. Offers pristine views of Mt Cook and National Park.

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Celebrating our 36th Wedding Aniversary

Amazing views, wonderful pilot and driver and an opportunity to see Methven from a different angle..

Reviewed 17 April 2016
Rosemary H
Ashburton, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 reviews
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

I was in methven for a weekend and we had booked to go in the hot air balloons. The first day it was too windy so we rescheduled for the next day. Low clouds. We rescheduled for the next day and the hot air balloon driver guy had a car accident. This isn't exactly the companies fault but it was... More 

Thank Mollypop77
Ashburton, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 17 April 2016

Amazing views, wonderful pilot and driver and an opportunity to see Methven from a different angle..

2 Thank Rosemary H
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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164 reviews
69 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

I have submitted this review despite not flying due to the weather. I read a review on here saying the company was poor at contacting customers and thus unprofessional. Not so in my experience, we received a call advising us of cancellation and why. Seemed entirely professional to me; safety first.

2 Thank DarkTiger1050KM
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 29 August 2015

A well-run operation where customers are kept well briefed by the staff and are included in many aspects of the flight from leaving the office until returning there. Martyn, the pilot, is not only very knowledgeable about the balloon’s operation but the history of ballooning in general. He also revises flight procedures along the way, points out local features and... More 

1 Thank Old_Toddler
Launceston, Australia
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 29 August 2015

Amazing experience! You literally float into the air & then have a portable lookout to view the mountains & plains below. I loved every minute; starting with the fact the company helped keep it as a surprise from me, we then had a gorgeous sunrise, got to assist in inflating the balloon, observed some masterful piloting, had spectacular views, entertaining... More 

2 Thank Kim B
Ohoka, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 12 August 2015

Absolutely stunning winter scenery. Very informative and professional pilot (who provided us with humour during the journey) supported by his dependable and versatile ground crew. Highly recommend.

Thank BronroseW
Braddon, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 13 March 2015 via mobile

What a waste of time and truly unprofessional lot. I booked a ride and was told that Aoraki would confirm details the night before between 7-730pm but I had a odd feeling that they might not, so I called them-9 TIMES and left 3 v.msg AND NO ONE contacted me back to confirm. Needless to say we didn't fly. Very... More 

1 Thank Erin M
Robyn L, Receptionist at Aoraki Balloon Safaris, responded to this review

Hi Erin Thank you very much for your Trip Advisor review. We would have replied to you earlier but we wanted to research the cause of the problem that you experienced by Aoraki Balloon Safaris (Methven) Ltd for your Hot Air Ballooning flight for 02 March 2015. 1.Weather – Safety is everything as we fly with the wind. On that... More 

Methven, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 17 February 2015

The scenery and silence made for a breathtaking experience, it was definitely a ZEN moment and it was brilliant to spend it with an amazing group of people from all over the globe. The pilot was a wealth of information and the champagne and nibbles at the end was fantastic.

1 Thank AlpineSportsMethven
Perth, Australia
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2015

The title says it all...we started off the year 1 Jan 2015 with a hot air balloon ride...we are a family of 2 adults & 2 teenage girls...it was so amazing...words a not enough to describe the feelings of floating in the air. Our pilot Martyn was very informative and fun...was very hard not to be infected by his enthusiasm... More 

Thank poplarbear
1 review
Reviewed 4 January 2015

Not sure what to expect soon turned into the most amazing experience. Martyn and Paul are real characters and from start to finish the whole morning was wonderful. We enjoyed being included in the setting up of the balloon, you really get an idea of the preparation. Once you are up off the ground we had a very scenic, peaceful... More 

Thank Roger D

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