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Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour

Highlights
  • Take in the natural beauty of the Bay of Islands from a helicopter
  • Have the option to land at Hole in the Rock and explore with a Maori guide
  • Get great photo ops of places that are only accessible by helicopter or boat
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Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour
From US$176.00
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Scenic Helicopter Flight
20-minute scenic flight over the Bay of Islands and the Hole in the Rock
From US$176.01
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$280.92
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$432.99
Overview
Experience the Bay of Islands by helicopter on a sightseeing flight from Paihia that has options for landing at Hole in the Rock. Your scenic helicopter flight includes narration from your pilot as you soar over Cape Brett, Waitangi, Russell, and Hole in the Rock. Upgrade to add a 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. Choose from one of the following options when booking:

Scenic Helicopter Flight: (20 minutes)
Get a bird’s-eye view of the Bay of Islands and historic townships including Russell, Paihia and Waitangi. You’ll glide over Cape Brett, and hover above Hole in the Rock, a landmark that is only accessible by water or air.

Hole in the Rock Landing: (35 minutes)
Combine the scenic flight with a landing at the helipad on top of Hole in Rock. There, have 15 minutes to take a look around before returning by chopper to Paihia.

Hole in Rock Landing and Guided Walk: (60 minutes)
Scenic helicopter flight and Hole in the Rock landing combined with a short walk with a Maori guide. Learn from the guide about the region’s wildlife, history, and culture.
Write a ReviewReviews (22)

1 - 5 of 8 reviews

Reviewed 4 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 15 April 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 4 April 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 5 April 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 21 February 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 22 February 2018

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

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