About Salt Air
As an extension to the seaplane operation, Salt Air began operating land-based aircraft from the airports at Haruru Falls and Kerikeri. These aircraft were used to develop the Cape Reinga ½ Day Tour, which has grown to become one of the premium and renowned experiences for visitors to the region.
This tour, which involves flying up to a private airstrip at Cape Reinga (top of New Zealand) and then a vehicle tour before returning to the airfield and flying back to the Bay of Islands proved to be immensely popular and demand quickly outstripped seats available in the smaller Cessna 172's. Thus larger aircraft were needed.
From 2001 onwards helicopters were also introduced to the operation. As well as offering scenic flights over the Bay of Islands from the Paihia waterfront, the helicopters are also available for charter flights to exclusive lodges, golf courses and secluded destinations in the Northland region. Our sole charter helicopter Cape Reinga option has been well received as an alternative way to explore Northland from those properties equipped with helicopter landing areas. Our larger helicopters are also available for lifting and fire fighting capabilities. See our current fleet here.
In August 2018, Salt Air was assessed by Tourism New Zealand’s Qualmark organisation as a Qualmark Gold rated tourism operator. We very proud to have achieved the highest standard for this rating on our first application.
- Grant Harnish – CEO/Operations Managers, Chief Pilot
- Michelle Ackers – Marketing & Sales Manager
- Jodi Ferguson – Paihia Sales Office
- Troy O’Donoghue – Helicopter Pilot
- Jon-Claude Welson – Fixed Wing Pilot
- Stella Kake – Van Driver
- Bruce Gordan – Van Driver
- Joyce Conrad – Cape Reinga Tour Guide