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Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour

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Overview
Get bird’s-eye views of Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock on a Bay of Islands scenic helicopter tour from Paihia. Take in the stunning scenery of the main group of islands; view the iconic natural landmark, Hole in the Rock; and pass over the historic townships of Russell, Paihia and Waitangi. You also have the opportunity to experience the island in a way that very few have before by choosing to land on top of the Hole in the Rock!
Highlights
  • Experience the natural beauty of the Bay of Islands from a helicopter
  • Have options to land at Hole in the Rock and explore with a Maori guide
  • Get great photos of places that are accessible only by helicopter or boat
  • See lush forests, remote coves, and sparking ocean from the air
What to Expect
Make your own way to the helicopter base at Paihia to board your helicopter and meet your pilot, who provides commentary during your flight. When booking, choose from one of the following options:
Scenic Helicopter Flight (20 minutes)
Get a bird’s-eye view of the Bay of Islands and historical townships including Russell, Paihia, and Waitangi. Glide over Cape Brett and hover above Hole in the Rock, a landmark that is accessible only by water or air.
Hole in the Rock Landing (35 minutes)
Combine the scenic flight with an exciting landing on top of Hole in Rock. There, have 15 minutes to take a look around before returning by helicopter to Paihia.
Hole in the Rock Landing and Guided Walk (60 minutes)
Combine the scenic flight and Hole in the Rock landing with a short walk with a Maori guide who talks about the region’s wildlife, history, and culture.
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Reviewed April 23, 2019

45 minute tour includes landing on Hole in the rock island. Excellent pilot lacked a bit of tourist guide enthusiasm but very competent . Landing on the rock and seeing TheBay of islands from above just a great experience.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Alan G
saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2019

Thanks for flying with us and glad you enjoying the flight to land on the Hole in the Rock. Our pilots are certainly well trained and experienced, thanks for the feedback for us to look in to further.

Reviewed March 18, 2019

What a beautiful location and town Piahia, the scenery was breathtaking & the pilot was friendly & informative

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Iain_and_Louise
saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2019

We appreciate your great comments about our heli flight, thanks!

Reviewed March 5, 2019

A first-time helicopter ride for both my wife and myself. The pilot was knowledgeable about the islands and had a few stories to add colour. All in all a great way to see the islands that we could never do from the land. Definitely recommended.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Ian_9999_2017
saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2019

Great you did your first heli ride with us and we are so pleased it enjoyed it! We appreciate your recommendation.

Reviewed February 20, 2019

While it may seem expensive the helicopter flight and landing on the hole in the rock island is an adventure. A wonderful experience full of great photo ops and a lifetime of memories. The pilot was very knowledgeable and helpful with commentary. The landing was...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 7, 2019

Having just arrived in paihia it was our intention to take the ferry across to Russell. Walking past the helicopter pad which is just at the side of the pavement we saw the helicopter coming into land. That was it we were hooked. So glad...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2019

Great decision! So glad you enjoyed your heli ride with us and hope you still made it to Russell as it is great over there too :-)

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