2014-03-15 Hot Air Ballooning Over Martinborough with Kiwi Balloon Company.

Saturday morning of the Wairarapa Balloon Fiesta and the balloons retuned to Martinborough for the first time in many years… while the weather wasn’t optimal for ballooning it was good enough (and much better than forecast) for 22 out of 23 balloons to lift off and enjoy views of the vineyards below. A good crowd of locals turned out to see it all unfold and were rewarded with some low flying over the town. I was fortunate to have a ride in the Hamilton ZK-UPP balloon flown by Kiwi Balloon Company’s Mark Brown. There were five other passengers along with fellow photographer Mike Heydon aboard and we had a great ride drifting south west of the town. I’ve put a commentary with each photo so am inviting you to scroll through them and take an imaginary voyage!!

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2013-11 November happens

Nearly at the end of 2013’s pictures. Back in New Zealand with many things happening with the highlights for me being the Pain and Kershaw 140th birthday celebrations, the Barrel Race around the Martinborough Square as a prelude to Toast Martinborough and of course Toast itself!! I can’t leave out the wonderful Armistice Day Airshow in Masterton with the biggest collection of WWI planes in the world owned by Sir Peter Jackson’s The Vintage Aviator. Thanks Wairarapa for all the amazing events in November