Bay of Islands: Scenic 30-Minute Coastal Discovery Heli Tour

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Bay of Islands: Scenic 30-Minute Coastal Discovery Heli Tour

Activity provider: Salt Air

From US$ 219.96 per person

Take off from Paihia for a 30-minute scenic shared helicopter flight to discover stunning coastal and island scenery including The Hole in the Rock and beyond.

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Duration 28 minutes
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  • Discover some of the best coastal and island scenery in New Zealand
  • Explore remote parts of the Bay where boat cruises don't venture
  • Admire turquoise-clear blue waters and white sandy island beaches from the air
  • Enjoy a birds-eye-view of the iconic Hole in the Rock
  • Benefit from engaging in-flight commentary from your experienced pilot
Full description
Explore the Bay of Islands' uniquely stunning coastline on a shared scenic flight. With a duration of around 30-minutes, you'll have exceptional views of the beautiful islands, the famous Hole in the Rock, and beyond. After check-in at the helicopter base near Paihia Wharf, you'll receive a short safety briefing. Hear the whirl of the rotors as the helicopter touches down and step out to the helipad. Meet your experienced and friendly pilot who will help you buckle in. All seats on board the helicopter are window seats so that you can marvel at the spectacular views. Put on your headset so that you can hear the commentary throughout the flight.  Take flight over the bay to the remote coastline on the eastern side of the Cape Brett peninsula covering Elliot Bay and Whangamumu, leading to the lighthouse and the Hole in the Rock. On the return journey, admire views towards the Kerikeri inlet, over the Black Rocks, to Waitangi, and Paihia before landing back on the helipad. 
  • 30-minute scenic helicopter flight
  • Inflight commentary from your experienced pilot
  • Window seat

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    Meeting point

    Paihia Helipad, Marsden Rd, Paihia, New Zealand. The helipad is located next to the Paihia Wharf area and Maritime Building, opposite the Village Green.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • The flight duration is approximately 30-minutes
    • All flights are subject to favorable weather conditions and require minimum numbers. If you are a solo traveler, the local operator will aim to book you with other confirmed passengers
    • Your flight date and/or time may be different to the one requested. The local operator will confirm your exact flight details by email after booking
    • It is recommended to book for your first available day in Paihia so that you have maximum flexibility to roll on to the next available date
    • Children are the same price as adults for ages 4 years and over. Infants under 4 years can fly seated on the lap of an adult free of charge
    • Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a beach visit. Bring lunch, drinks, a hat, sunscreen, plus swimwear and a towel for swimming
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    4.7 /5

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