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Bay of Islands Helicopter Scenic Flights

Hole in the Rock Scenic Flight – $250 per person

(flight duration approx. 20 minutes)

The Bay of Islands offers some of the best coastal and island scenery in New Zealand so this helicopter scenic flight offers exceptional views of these beautiful islands leading to the infamous “Hole in the Rock”. Departing from the beachfront helipad in Paihia the flight heads across Russell with views over to Opua and surrounds before tracking along the stunning peninsula coastline to Cape Brett and it’s lighthouse where you will experience an exciting turn to fly around the Hole in the Rock.

The return portion of the flight flys directly over the main islands of the area with birds eye views of their white sandy beaches, inviting turquoise waters and some of the luxurious private residences.

Coming into land you will fly past the Waitangi Treaty grounds and Paihia township. An exciting must do while in the Bay of Islands!


Upgrade to include a 15 min Hole in the Rock Landing for $399 per person (duration approx. 35 minutes)

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Hole in the Rock Scenic Flight Route Map

Hole in the Rock Scenic Flight Route Map

Coastal Discovery Scenic Flight – $335 per person

(flight duration approx. 30 minutes)

An opportunity to explore a little more of the unique and stunning coastline surrounding the Bay of Islands region with an extended version of the Hole in the Rock flight adding in more of the remote coast line on the eastern side of the Cape Brett peninsula, and on the return extra views towards the Kerikeri inlet, over the Black Rocks, Waitangi and Paihia.


Upgrade to include a 15 min Hole in the Rock Landing for $434 per person (duration approx. 45 minutes)

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Coastal Discovery Route Map

Coastal Discovery Route Map

Want to experience the best of the Bay of Islands all within one day? Our Heli Cruise Island Escape package allows you to experience a boat cruise between Paihia and the islands, an island beach stop over and a scenic helicopter flight. Duration: approx 4 hours

$319 per person

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Waipoua Forest Tour

Fly by helicopter across the mid north rural area to the stunning Hokianga Harbour. Your Footprints guide will meet you on landing at the Copthorne Resort Omapere will then take you on a guided walk to the largest Kauri Forest in the world to view Tane Mahuta, “God of the Forest”.

Footprints share with you their special relationship with Mother Nature, both spiritually and culturally. Enjoy their knowledge, stories song and music. On returning to Copthorne Omapere you will be served lunch overlooking the entrance to Hokianga Harbour before rejoining your helicopter for a scenic flight of the harbour and return to the Bay of Islands.

$885 per person

(tour duration approx. 4½ hours and includes lunch)

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For experienced and keen fishermen, Salt Air can arrange an exhilarating experience for you limited only by your budget and imagination for a rock fishing adventure to remember to locations such as the Cavalli Islands and Cape Brett.

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Booking Details:

  • If booking within 24 hours of departure please phone us for availability as you can not book online
  • All helicopter tours operate with minimum 2 passengers.
  • Departures are from Salt Air’s Paihia Helipad on the waterfront adjacent to the Paihia Wharf.
  • All helicopter tours operate subject to weather.
  • Please note that upon booking or prior to departure we may ask for passenger weights to help manage flight loads and fuel, we particularly need to be aware of any passengers that are over 100kg.

Book a Helicopter Scenic Flight 

Helicopter Flights Pass New ZealandSalt Air is part of the Nationwide Helicopter Experience Pass. When you’ve flown on a scenic helicopter flight with us ask about the HelicopterFlightsNZ National Pass offering 10% discount on scenic flights with participating New Zealand operators.