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Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour

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icon20 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Discover the Bay of Islands by helicopter, with an optional landing at the Hole in the Rock. See Cape Brett from above during an aerial tour from Paihia, narrated by a professional pilot. Fly over Russell and Waitangi en route to the Hole in the Rock. Upgrade to land atop the iconic natural landmark, with an optional walk led by a Maori guide.
  • Scenic helicopter flights over the Bay of Islands
  • For a unique experience, choose one of the Hole in the Rock landing options
  • See the iconic natural formation of the Hole in the Rock
  • Get bird's-eye views of the historic townships of Russell, Paihia and Waitangi
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Scenic helicopter flight over the Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock
Commentary by pilot
Hotel pickup and drop off
Salt Air Tours , Marsden Road, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
12:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
See the Cape Brett Hole in the Rock from the air on a Bay of Islands helicopter tour, departing from Paihia. All seats on board the helicopter provide spectacular bird’s-eye views, and your pilot provides commentary on each stunning natural landmark. 

Select one of three options at booking: a 20-minute scenic flight, a 35-minute tour that includes a Hole in the Rock landing or a 1-hour experience with a short nature walk upon landing.

Scenic Helicopter Flight: (20 minutes)This Bay of Islands helicopter tour soars over the historic townships of Russell, Paihia and Waitangi, and above crystal-clear waters and island beaches. Hover above the Hole in the Rock, a natural feature at Cape Brett that can only be accessed by air or water.

Hole in the Rock Landing: (35 minutes)Fly over the Bay of Islands before landing on the helipad atop the Hole in Rock, where you can exit the helicopter for 15 minutes. Take photos of the surrounding cliffs and natural features before returning to Pahia by helicopter.

Hole in Rock Landing and Walk: (60 minutes)Your Bay of Islands helicopter flight lands atop the Hole in the Rock for a short walk with a Maori guide. Learn about the region’s historical, cultural and ecological significance, and revel in the fact that few people have visited the rock island this way before.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Bay of Islands
You will see all of the islands and the Hole in the Rock islands from the air
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All flights require a MINIMUM of 2 PASSENGERS to confirm, single passengers may need to be waitlisted pending further bookings
  • Please also request what departure time you prefer - we will endeavour to confirm a time close this as possible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Salt Air Limited
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour.

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Spectacular views
Ashley_S
, Apr 2022
View was amazing it was such a beautiful day, ocean was flat so you could see everything including schools of fish. Pilot knew a lot about the area which was very interesting
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
So pleased you enjoyed this tour, it was great to meet you.
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incredible
Cherise_M
, Jan 2022
you don’t realise how beautiful New Zealand is until you’ve done this such an amazing experience would definitely recommend loved it and you capture so many amazing photos
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Awesomeness
Snow_C
, Mar 2020
Highlight of our trip. This is a must do. Great service, but landing on the rock is hard to explain except, do it.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Yay, thanks for your recommendation. you’re right, it is hard to explain how awesome it is to land in the Hole in the Rock, but certainly worth doing to find out!
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Great tour
RAMIFADLO_S
, Dec 2018
Marvellous helicopter ride. Courteous and welcoming staff. Michelle is sweet. Pilot informative and great. Thank you
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When I got there, there was no-one...
Paul C
, May 2017
When I got there, there was no-one else booked for the same flight, so I got an alternative flight, but they compensated me for the difference by giving me a DVD of photos of the area for nothing. Normal charge 45
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An amazing experience. It's costly...
Alan R
, Jan 2017
An amazing experience. It's costly, sure, but well worth it. The area is beautiful and to get a chance to see it from above is too good to miss. The pilot provided an interesting commentary on the history and landmarks there and back to the hole in the rock, and even pointed out a huge shoal of fish for us. There are plenty of photo opportunities so make sure your batteries are charged up- you won't want to miss a moment of this magical trip.
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Excellent way to view the bay of...
Debra D
, Oct 2016
Excellent way to view the bay of islands. Staff were very friendly and professional, went out of their way to ensure we had a great experience.
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In a word...
Colin C
, Apr 2016
In a word 'fantastic'. Will worth the trip. The pilot was friendly and knowledgeable. A great experience.
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There's no better way to see Bay of...
Kenneth J P
, Mar 2016
There's no better way to see Bay of Islands than by helicopter and landing on the Hole in the Rock was a great thrill. Our pilot/guide was terrific. We highly recommend this adventure.
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The tour was fantastic! An absolute...
jrobinson
, Mar 2016
The tour was fantastic! An absolute must do, even for those of us who are a little bit afraid of flying in a helicopter. The pilot was exceptionally professional and informative. Be sure to include the landing on top of the rock portion of the tour --- it is well worth it.

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