Your pilots and crew will be on hand to welcome you when you arrive at Peterson’s House at the designated meeting time. Watch as the pilots check the morning’s local winds conditions in readiness for your flight and listen while they give you a short flight briefing.
Your Hunter Valley balloon ride adventure begins with a short drive to your launch site. This is determined by your pilot and depends on the wind direction on the morning. We have over a dozen launch sites to choose from in the lower Hunter Valley. Once at the Launch Site, it only takes around 25-30 minutes for your balloon to be inflated and standing upright ready for boarding. You are welcome to help with the setup of the balloon or simply stand back and take photos as your aircraft takes shape and comes to life.
As the sun rises you will ascend into the sky in your colourful balloon. Your balloon will float gently along the breeze; in your basket you will feel completely secure with virtually no sensation of movement. During your flight you may find yourself drifting just above the treetops then, moments later, effortlessly ascending to heights of 2000 feet or more. Make sure you have your camera ready to capture views of the Hunter Valley from a perspective like no other.
LANDING & PACK-UP
Depending on the wind speeds on landing, your balloon may touch down with the basket up-right and the balloon above your heads or, in a light breeze, the balloon basket may drag a short distance, with the basket coming to rest on its side. Both landing types are completely normal and lots of fun. The Balloon Aloft Ground Team will be on hand to greet you as your balloon lands. Join in as we deflate the balloon by squishing the air out or feel free to stand back and take photos of all the fun.
Following the balloon pack-up it’s back to Peterson House where the excitement of the morning continues over a gourmet champagne breakfast on the deck of Restaurant Cuvee overlooking the vines. Relax and enjoy a glass of Peterson House sparkling wine with your fellow passengers and your pilot as you celebrate your exhilarating morning. Your Digital Photo Album will be sent to your phone during breakfast.