Yes, we finally got airborne with Up, Up and Away on Saturday 7th April, and views like this sunrise were our reward! Hot air ballooning was amazing, an incredible experience and I am so glad we persevered through our 5 previous (failed) attempts to be "6th time lucky!"
The balloon was absolutely vast, and it took almost an hour to inflate it. . .
It is the second largest balloon in New Zealand, with a weight of 380 kg and it inflates to 340,000 cubic feet!
Cameron Balloons "the world's most experienced balloon manufacturers."
and then get the balloon and basket back onto the trailer again. . .
Finally we had the traditional champagne (or Fresh-up!) breakfast, and got anointed on our foreheads by the pilot with a cork dipped in champagne, as he recited the hot air balloonist's blessing!
So, if you ever get the chance to go hot air ballooning, I highly recommend it! It has been a dream of mine since childhood, and I can definitely say it was well worth the wait :) Apart from the necessary blasts of the gas burner, it is such a peaceful sensation, floating quietly along above the scenery, and certainly an experience I will remember for a very long time!
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