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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 US$183.50
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Scenic Helicopter Flight
20-minute scenic flight over the Bay of Islands and the Hole in the Rock
From US$183.53
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 US$281.64
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 US$441.17
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.
Write a ReviewReviews (22)

1 - 5 of 8 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago
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

Thank Sara M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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

Thank rubarb91
saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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!

Reviewed April 14, 2018
It is not cheap but it is worth it.

What a great experience. We had never been in a helicopter before and were really lucky to get a gap in some rather nasty weather so that we could make this trip. An almost perfect end to a wonderful holiday. I can't remember the name...More

1  Thank Daryl M
saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Awesome that you enjoyed your first helicopter flight with us, thanks so much for your excellent rating for us. Cheers from the Salt Air team.

Reviewed April 4, 2018
Amazing tour!

As a family of 4 adults and 2 children we visited the Bay of Islands from our cruise ship. We had left it too late to book the glow worm caves on the ship and therefore popped into the local tour agent to see if...More

Thank mandkPenzance
saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2018

We always find for cruise ship visitors that our Bay of Islands helicopter flights are so well received - it's a great way to see the area in a short time. Glad you and the family loved it and it's provided great memories. Thanks for...More

Reviewed February 20, 2018
Breathtaking!

Amazing does not do justice to this experience. First, the guy that did the booking was fabulous. He was so friendly and approachable and made me feel completely welcome. I was booking as a single person (website says tour requires minimum of 2 people to...More

Thank Anastasia B
saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2018

Thanks you so much for your wonderful comments and sharing this on Tripadvisor, Cheers from the Salt Air team!

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