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Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour

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
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Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour
From $180.86
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20-minute scenic flight over the Bay of Islands and the Hole in the Rock
From $180.86
Hole in the Rock Landing
Bay of Islands scenic helicopter flight. Land on the Hole in the Rock where you can exit the helicopter for 15 minutes to take in the views and photo opportunities. Total Duration: 35 minutes
From $277.54
Hole in Rock Landing and Guide
Bay of Islands scenic helicopter flight. Land on the Hole in the Rock for a short walk with a Maori guide who will share its history, cultural and ecological significance. Total duration: 1 hour
From $434.75
Overview
Experience the rugged beauty of the Bay of Islands from above on a sightseeing helicopter flight from Paihia. This scenic aerial tour includes detailed narration from your pilot as you soar over Cape Brett, Waitangi, Russell, and Hole in the Rock. Upgrade to add an exciting landing at Hole in the Rock and an optional nature walk led by a Maori guide.
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.
Reviews (26)
1 - 5 of 11 reviews
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile
Don’t leave the Bay of Islands without flying Salt Air

These guys should be #1 on Trip Advisor hands down. Owner operated 25 plus years, as a fellow Flightseeing operator we are pretty fussy when it comes to taking flights & anyone in the same situation should have no question about safety with Salt Air....More

1  Thank Airmilford
saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your support Ant - glad we got to show the bay from the air and land on the Hole in the Rock. Appreciate the excellent review!

Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile
Great introduction to the Bay of Islands

So glad we could do this flight. The team were great and knowing poor weather was on the way got us in the air on day 1. Great thing to cross off the list.

1  Thank Mike A
saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2018

Thanks Mike, we really appreciate your great comments and rating. Glad you enjoyed the flight!

Reviewed July 8, 2018
An Incredible and Jaw Dropping Experience!!! - Just Do it

My husband and I went for this trip and what an incredible and unforgetable experience. The view was simply breath taking with the pilot/owner was at the helm. We landed on the Hole in the Rock and the pilot explained the history and how they...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank sparktoflame
Reviewed June 18, 2018
Incredible Experience Fantastic Trip!

We joined the 7 days Island Escape Cruise with 5 days golf in 5 different courses in the Bay of Islands area. We took helicopter from Salt Air every morning after breakfast to play golf in a different golf course. Then fishing at the inner...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Sara M
saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2018

Thanks very much for your excellent review of our services and sharing it with others - sounds like you had a fabulous stay in the Bay of Islands!

Reviewed May 21, 2018
A jaw dropping experience !!!!

The original plan was to fly to Cape Reinga - but unfortunately the weather had changed for the worse and there were thunder storms etc predicted. We were offered an alternative tour with the Helicopter Flying over the Bay of Islands and then landing on...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Barbara A
saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2018

So glad you enjoyed the alternative flight we offered - it's certainly a wonderful experience to Land on the "Hole in the Rock" and pleased you thought so too!

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