There is only one RE/MAX hot air balloon in New Zealand and it’s operated by Chris and Wendy Bransgrove, with their company, Balloon Promoters Ltd, being New Zealand’s leading supplier of specialist promotional balloons.
The RE/MAX hot air balloon flies at many events across any given year, with the main spectacles in Hamilton (Balloons over Waikato); in Masterton, Carterton & Martinborough; and in Horarata just out of Christchurch.
The Bransgroves recently featured in KiwiFlyer, the magazine of the New Zealand Aviation Community, where it was reported that first place at the 2019 Wairarapa Balloon Festival went to Chris Bransgrove from Hamilton flying ‘RE/MAX’. A regular fixture in the ballooning calendar and in it’s 20th year, the Wairarapa Balloon Festival is held at various sites from Masterton to Carterton, Greytown and Martinborough over 5 days. The ballooners have different tasks each day to be scored on and accumulated at the end of the event to announce the winners.
The RE/MAX hot air balloon also featured in the evening news coverage of tv1 and tv3.
Chris Bransgrove, has had many years working with helium and air filled balloons having been operating since 1989, so his experience and knowledge is unsurpassed in New Zealand. He has worked at many large events including the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympics 2000.