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Cape Reinga Half-Day Tour Including Scenic Flight

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Discover the rugged natural beauty of Cape Reinga, located on the tip of New Zealand's North Island. Perfect for those short on time who want to make the most of this splendid area, this combination scenic aeroplane flight and driving small-group tour showcases the best of the top end of New Zealand. See the remote and beautiful silica sand beaches of Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay; wander the lighthouse at Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean; take a dip at Tapotupotu Bay; and sand-surf down the dunes at Te Paki.
  • See more of Cape Reinga from air and land with this combo sightseeing tour
  • Fly to Cape Reinga for stunning views of the Northland’s remote coastline
  • Enjoy an active outing with beach walks and sand surfing
  • Includes morning tea plus convenient pickup and drop-off at Paihia hotels
What to Expect
Get picked up at your Paihia accommodations for transfer to the airport, then soar over Ninety Mile Beach and the Bay of Islands on the beautiful flight to Cape Reinga. Once you touch down, begin a 2.5-hour minibus tour of Cape Reinga highlights, starting with the Cape Reinga Lighthouse, which marks the spot where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. Pause for morning tea with fresh-baked pastries, then take a walk on the beach—and maybe a quick dip—at Tapotupotu Bay. Next, head to Te Paki to surf the giant sand dunes and see the quicksand streams. Following the Cape Reinga tour, board the plane again for the scenic return flight to Paihia, which takes in remote Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay, where you see dazzling white silica dunes and spectacular coastline. This Cape Reinga excursion concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Paihia.
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Departure Point
Departure Time
April - September: 9am
October - March: 8:30am
4h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Scenic flights to and from Cape Reinga
  • 2.5-hour guided driving tour around top end of New Zealand
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off at selected hotels in Paihia
  • Lunch
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All departures are subject to weather conditions
  • During the winter months, due to wet weather, the aircraft may not be able to land at Cape Reinga; on these occasions a 2-hour extended scenic flight option over the Cape area will be offered
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Awesome two hour flight round Cape Reinga and over the Bay of Islands. Sanjeev and Jo gave a great commentary as we passed points of interest and Sanjeev zig-zagged over certain areas so no matter what side of the plane you were on all got...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank MichelleGerardB
Reviewed 6 April 2019

We did our research and decided on this tour, we were not disappointed. Prompt and friendly pick-up from our motel. Great commentary and tips during the journey. Staff, views and activities were as promised. Thank you

Date of experience: March 2019
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saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2019

Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for choosing Salt Air to get to Cape Reinga.

Reviewed 1 April 2019

Having researched things to do for our month long holiday in New Zealand came across this trip. We were slightly limited for time and wanted to see this part of the north Island so decided to book before we left the UK. Luckily the weather...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Ian S
saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2019

Sounds like you had a wonderful tour with us, thanks so much for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor

Reviewed 27 March 2019 via mobile

The greatest way to see the Cape and get to view all the north ie 90 mile beach, the cape and lighthouse with tea and cupcakes,, along with the thrill of going sand boarding down the dunes! Sandg was our pilot and actually picked us...More

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saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2019

Thanks so much for flying with us and your fabulous review and recommendation of our services.

Reviewed 28 January 2019

The day I booked was cloudy and overcast in the morning. So we had to wait out the clouds. Saltair took the group to the chocolate cafe in town and bought everyone any kind of drink they wanted on their dime. And the drinks were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank twinkles200000
saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2019

Very high praise indeed! Thanks for your recommendation and sharing your experience with others, much appreciated.

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