Land by helicopter on the Hole in the Rock

New Adventure to Land on The Hole in the Rock

It’s not often something special comes along in tourism that really has that “wow factor”. Not because it’s the latest greatest adventure activity but because it offers something for visitors that they just can’t experience anywhere else…because it provides access to something that no one has ever experienced before.

We believe we now offer that something special. For the first time in New Zealand’s history people can now set foot on renowned Bay of Islands icon, “The Hole in the Rock”.


This thrilling experience will involve a scenic helicopter flight from Paihia over the Bay of Islands, landing our helicopter on a newly built helipad on top of the island / motu. Passengers have the option of making a brief stop to take in the views with photo opportunities or to be hosted by a local Maori Guide on top of the island and enjoy the additional experience of sharing in the island’s history and significance for local Māori, before making their way back to the helicopter for the return flight.

For many years this Bay of Islands’ and New Zealand icon, Motukōkako / ”Hole in the Rock”, has been a popular viewing attraction for customers of scenic flights and local boat cruises, that allow visitors to see the island up close, either by air or by cruising through ‘the hole’ in a boat.

Our new package will now allow people to experience this island in a way that very few people in history have ever experienced it. Being surrounded by steep cliffs and stunning scenery looking towards Cape Brett and its surrounds, the landing will not be for the faint-hearted. Those who partake can be assured that the adventure of the flight, the landing and cultural aspects will combine to reward them with an unforgettable New Zealand experience.

Motu Kokako Ahu Whenua TrustHistory of Motukōkako

“ Motukōkako” is the Maori name for the motu / island, the origin of which is said to have eventuated in ancient times and literally translated means KōkakoIsland. The Kōkako is a bird that once inhabited the motu, whose feathers were valued by Ngāpuhi. Historically, young male warriors would journey to Motukōkako and climb its steep cliffs to gather Kōkako feathers for their Korowai (feathered cloak).  The motu has also been known as PiercyIsland, a name given by Captain James Cook.

Bio-diversity of Motukōkako

Although small, in terms of conservation it is probably the most important island in the Bay of Islands’ (Taylor et Al 1991), University of Auckland Botany Dept. The unique bio-diversity of the island is apparent with over 90 species of vascular plants, no predators and the island being ‘naturally’ pest-free.


This tourism experience in now launched, with bookings available through all normal booking outlets, agents and directly with Salt Air.

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