Cape Reinga Fly/Drive Tour by Aeroplane

Half Day Tour From the Bay of Islands – $425 Per Person

Salt Air’s “Cape Reinga Fly/Drive” ½ day tour is the alternative way to travel to the top of New Zealand to experience it’s beauty, history and scenery from both the air and on land, with the added bonus of avoiding a long road trip if you are short on time.

The initial stage of the tour consists of a 45 minute flight up to Cape Reinga via Northlands’ spectacular harbours, such as the Whangaroa Harbour and the Rangaunu Harbour. We also pass across some beautiful beaches such as Coopers Beach, Doubtless Bay and of course the famous Ninety Mile Beach. From Ninety Mile Beach we then fly inland where we land at our airfield, which is only 20km from the Cape Reinga lighthouse.

Once on the ground a comfortable air-conditioned mini-bus will meet the aircraft. It will take you on a 2½ hour tour around the top of New Zealand. Including:

  • The Cape Reinga Lighthouse where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean
  • A short drive to Tapotupotu Bay where we enjoy a freshly baked light refreshment. There is time for a stroll on the beach
  • Then we move across to the Te Paki quicksand stream with its giant sand dunes; (we have sleds available for those who wish to experience the exhilaration of sliding down the sand dunes and try some “sand surfing”).

The return 1 hour flight to the Bay of Islands includes some of the most spectacular coastal scenery Northland has to offer. You will fly over the Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay, which are only visible by air or by sea. This area is very remote and without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in New Zealand with it’s pure white silica sand and crystal clear water. The flight also passes across the Houhora Harbour, the Cavalli islands, Kauri Cliff’s golf course and the spectacular Bay of Islands.

*Please note all departures are subject to weather and minimum 2 passengers.

Price: NZ$425 per person (Includes return flights, guided ground tour, morning tea and GST)

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Driving at Te Paki Stream


Departures: Daily morning departures from Kerikeri Airport, times vary summer and winter – see below

Summer Morning Tour:

  • Departs Kerikeri airport at 8.30am, meet us at Kerikeri Airport at 8.15am, with the return flight landing at approximately 12.50pm
  • We offer complimentary transfers from Paihia accommodation and Paihia Wharf for Russell Accommodation.
  • Pick up in Paihia from about 7.45am, returning by 1.20pm

Summer Afternoon Tour:

  • Departs Kerikeri airport at 1.15pm, meet us at Kerikeri Airport at 1.00pm, with the return flight landing at approximately 5.45pm
  • We offer complimentary transfers from Paihia accommodation and Paihia Wharf for Russell Accommodation.
  • Pick up in Paihia from 12.30pm, returning by approx 6.15pm
  • Please note the afternoon tour is only scheduled if our morning tour departure is full, please enquire with us directly to check

Winter Morning Tour:

  • Departs Kerikeri airport at 9.00m, meet us at Kerikeri Airport at 8.45am, with the return flight landing at approximately 1.20pm
  • We offer complimentary transfers from Paihia accommodation and Paihia Wharf for Russell Accommodation.
  • Pick up in Paihia from 8.15am, returning by approx 1.50pm

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Route map – click to enlarge


Courtesy hotel pick up and drop off in Paihia area

Please note: During the winter season due to wet weather it is possible that the aircraft can not land up at Cape Reinga, on these occasions we can offer a scenic flight only option that is extended to fly over the Cape area.



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Tripadvisor Reviews

We regularly receive great reviews of this tour on our Tripadvisor page.  Some recent comments include:

Air trip to Cape Reinga. If you can afford this, or even if you can’t, this is fabulous. The aerial view of 90 mile beach and the Bay of Islands are simply stunning. Daniel, our pilot, and Bruce, the minibus driver were knowledgeable, polite and fun. Afternoon tea on the beach is a great addition, but tobogganing down the sand-dunes caps a perfect half day. My wife and I are both over 50, and we took our daughter for her 21st birthday, and we all thought it was awesome…

Visited January 2015 see review on Tripadvisor

Beautiful Bay of Island by Air. Seeing the beautiful Bay of Island by air is amazing. You only get the 3 dimensional feeling of this great subtropical landscape when you travel by airplane. It looks totally different by air and you see a lot more like nice beaches and clear water. And it is the easiest and fastest way to visit Cape Reinga, one of the NZ must to do’s. Very nice and friendly tour guides made this trip to one of our favourit ones at NZ.

Visited December 2014 see review on Tripadvisor

Great Experience. We had an amazing time and the flight to Cape Reinga in the fixed wing plain was smooth and the scenery was beautiful both ways. The pilot James was very informative and made the flight interesting. The landing at Cape Reinga was an experience in itself and we thoroughly enjoyed the morning. The dune rides was another highlight of trip. What a great way to see the islands.

 Visited April 2013, see review on Tripadvisor.

Not to be missed. Ignore the cost. Best trip of the North ever! Salt Air trip up to the North cape and Cape Reinga is absolutely a must. Some people are put off by the cost. Travelling to NZ is expensive, getting to the Cape is cheap. Do it as it is a once in a lifetime trip. Greta views of 90 mile beach on West coats and stay and see the crashing of the Tasman Sea into the Pacific Ocean where they meet. Then a trip in an immaculate 8 passenger van takes you to a beach for tea and snacks, followed by a unique experience sliding down the sand dunes on a snow sled. A must for all ages and easy to do. Then the trip back along the amazing East Pacific side coast with white silica sand beaches and other coves rocks and coastline to die for. A wonderful 4-1/2 experience. Highly recommend with greta pilots and tour guides to boot. Learnt a lot and saw it all. fabulous.

Visited Feb 2013, see review on Tripadvisor

The Stand-out Experience in North Island. My wife and I were lucky enough to be able to take the 1/2 day tour up to Cape Reinga from Pahia which included – Shuttle to airport, flight up the west coast [90 mile beach] in a fixed wing mono-plane, scenic drive to Cape Reinga and its iconic Lighthouse, then to the immense sand dunes, sand-boarding, tea and cookies on the beach, shuttle back to the airstrip and the a flight back down the east coast. It literally took our breath away. The drivers, guide, and pilot were all excellent with superb local knowledge, they made the trip one which we will remember as the best day on our recent trip to New Zealand.

Visited December 2012, see review on Tripadvisor.

Travel Writers

From time to time we host travel writers on our flights. See this recent article written by Cindy Sosroutomo titled “My Perfect Day in New Zealand”  describing our Cape Reinga Half Day Tour when she experienced it in April 2013.

If booking within 24 hours of departure please phone us for availability as you can not book online. Passenger Weights: 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.