Float away with the Kiwi Balloon Company

(We are closed from 5 July until 1 September 2024).

Take to the air over the mighty Waikato river and enjoy scenery that will take your breath away!


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Your sky high adventure

See what you can expect from your experience with the Kiwi Balloon Company.


You will help us inflate the balloon and make preparation for your skyward adventure


Take to the air over the mighty Waikato and enjoy scenery that will take your breath


We will fly across the skies of Waikato for around an hour. At this point, the pilot will look for a suitable landing spot.


As the balloon floats over the beautiful Waikato, you will rise and fall with the wind currents until the pilot finds a suitable place to land.


After landing and packing up the balloon, we will take you back to the Hamilton
Lake’s Verandah Cafe for refreshments. You can choose from a hot or cold drink and
some nibbles. If you'e feeling peckish, you can also order a breakfast from the cafe.
We encourage you to ask the pilot any questions you have about the flight and share
your experience with us. We love to hear how you enjoyed it!

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Adult — $400

13 years and up

Child — $320

Ages 7 to 12
  • Pick up and drop off from Hamilton Lake Verandah Café. Estimate ETA 5am – 7am
  • Travel to the take-off site in the specialised chase vehicle.
  • Safety briefing before inflating.
  • Watch the spectacular inflation of the balloon.
  • Climb aboard ready for your bliss take off.
  • Enjoy the beautiful sights over the Waikato for 40-60min.
  • Refreshments & snacks at the Verandah Café.
Total time for complete experience: 3–4hours
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Prices include G.S.T. Flights can be paid by cash, eftpos or credit card on the day
We operate with a minimum of 2 passengers. Flights will be reconfirmed with you 1-2 days out as they are weather dependent – being affected by winds rain and fog.

Treat your loved one to an unforgettable adventure.

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Hi Mark, I want to tell you and the team how much I enjoyed my balloon flight on Auckland Anniversary day.
The day itself was just perfect, as was the flight. If word of mouth is the best advertising – I have been telling everyone how marvellous it was, and showing my photos.

Thank you for a great experience.


Thank you so much for the ride. Was a present to myself for my venture into the 60s!! I just felt so at home up there and so relaxed-could’ve gone on forever!!
I love plants and so enjoyed floating over the top of the gardens, bush and parks of Hamilton-and that was in the city!!
You and your team were so professional and friendly.
Many thanks and hope to catch up with you another time.


Just to say many thanks for the experience and really enjoyed the flight. Lucky with weather being very clear and could see for miles. Already telling friends this is a must.
We have done other flights overseas and this was as professional and fun. Mark was informative and made everyone feel at ease

John & Maxine

I just wanted to send you an email to say thank you so much for the experience you gave my parents on the 20th April! Both of them enjoyed it immensely and said it was a huge pleasure to fly with Mark! Thank you also to Mark for signing my home made vouchers I made for them 🙂 I’ve had them laminated for a keepsake for them both to treasure.

NIkki Taylor


Want to know more about what to expect? Check out our frequently asked questions, or reach out directly with your questions.

Typical time of flight

40–60 mins with the entire experience taking 3–4 hours.


Make sure you wear comfortable clothing, sturdy shoes and a hat as the heat coming from the burner can be quite warm.

Children ages

Children are classified as being 7–12 years old.


Mark Brown has been ballooning since 2004 and has held a New Zealand Commercial Balloon Pilot’s Licence since 2009.

Bad weather on the day?

Safety is our first priority when it comes to balloon flights. Should we need to postpone the flight, we will contact you as soon as possible.

Number of passengers

ZK-UPP can carry up to 10 passengers and Hamilton ZK-KBC can carry 2–4.

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