About Us

Sunrise Balloons is a family owned and operated company, which has been flying in the region since 1998. Owners Hugh & Maureen McLellan are supported by their son Carrick (Pilot), daughter Kirsty (Operations & Bookings), son Graham (Swordfox) is our IT expert.

Our Pilots

Hugh McLellan, the chief pilot and owner of Sunrise Balloons, has over 1500 hours in hot air balloons and over 2000 hours in fixed wing aircraft, he currently owns and flies a Cessna 180.

Son Carrick (Rock) McLellan, is one of our Pilots, he also provides transport to and from the Balloon with his bus.  He is also co-owner / operator of Queenstown Paraflights. Carrick is married to Justine with two sons, Fletcher and Carter.

Ben Kent is another of our Pilots. Originally from Wales, he is now settled in Queenstown. Ben is married to Kezia with daughter Meika and son Kobe.