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Reviewed 1 week ago

During a trip to the Bay of Islands I booked on a fixed wing return trip to the most northerly point of north island.

It was a lovely journey with occasional rain squalls which the pilot managed to avoid on the way up and down. The lighthouse at the northern tip was the objective. Is at in tha back but had excellent views. We then went to a local cove for coffee and home cooked muffins. Lovely. Then to the sand dunes. We were five people. One ventured up the slope to come back even more quickly. We all enjoyed the experience. The enthusiastic pilot drove us back to the plane then flew us home. A lovely excursion that I can fully recommend. It’s expensive but so much better than the journey by road and I suspect a bit more included.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Evelyn J
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saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks so much for your great summary and rating of our Cape Reinga Tour - glad you enjoyed it!

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Reviewed 9 November 2018 via mobile

It is easy to see why people use superlatives to describe this tour. If you get a chance to take this tour it is likely that your perspective of this area will be greatly enhanced. Our pilot, Sanjeev, had a delicate touch on the controls of the airplane from the gentle takeoff to a feather-like landing. There was no need to worry about which side of the plane we were sitting on as Sanjeev flew a pattern so that everyone got to see the scenery below all the while giving a running commentary. The drive to the cape was in a comfortable van. On the way back to the plane we stopped at a white sand beach where Sanjeev set the table and served tea and coffee along with biscuits (cookies). Then we traveled to the Te Paki Sand Dunes where Sanjeev drove the van down the stream and then provided boogie boards along with instructions for sand surfing. The flight back was even more amazing. We flew over the east coast of the peninsula and the Bay of Islands. I highly recommend this tour.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank martomsak
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saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your high recommendation of our Cape Reinga Tour, Sanjeev obviously did a fantastic job of hosting you and we are very appreciate of your high rating. Thanks for flying with us.

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Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

We took the half day fly/drive/fly Cape Reinga tour today. What an amazing experience and the absolute best way to visit the Cape. No sitting in a bus for long periods along a road that misses most of the coastal scenery. Sanjiv was our pilot and guide. We understand he has not been with Salt Air long, but he has a great deal of knowledge of the region already and is happy to share and point out locations and stories of interest along the way. After our grass strip landing, Sanjiv drove us to The Cape, Tapotupotu for muffin and coffee, then onto Te Paki sand dunes for a hard walk up and a quick slide down the sand, before our return flight to Kerikeri. Spectacular scenery all the way. Congratulations to Salt Air for a well organized tour.

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank HeatherF166
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saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

It's certainly the best way to get to and explore the Cape Reinga area, glad you enjoyed the tour and scenery. Thanks for sharing your experience with others!

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Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

Took the flight to Cape Reinga, Tapotupoto and sand boarding today. The weather was beautiful as Sanjiv flew the Cessna plane to a field in the middle of nowhere. What an adventure made even better by Sanjiv’s knowledge of the area and expert piloting.
Congratulations to all at Salt Air but especially Sanjiv for making it such a memorable experience, I would recommend this trip.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank David N
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saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

We appreciate your high rating and recommendation of our Cape Reinga Tour, glad you enjoyed the adventure!

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Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

This was an absolutely wonderful idea, it was like in the movies. The view of the landscape is incredible. The pilot was so friendly with us and showed and explained us everything.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Erick T
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saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2018

Thanks so much for your excellent review of our helicopter flight - glad you loved it!

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Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

What a fabulous trip!! We did the scenic flight/tour to Cape Reinga. Flew from Kerikeri up the west coast beyond the 90 mile beach. The guided vehicle tour took us to the lighthouse at Cape Reinga. From there to picnic on the beach and on to Giant Dunes for some sand boarding. Return flight to Kerikeri. Outstanding service and outstanding views. Thoroughly recommend it.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dawn C
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saltairpaihia, Manager at Salt Air Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2018

Thanks so much for the wonderful review, we appreciate your great feedback and glad you had such a fabulous time on our tour.

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