From Paihia: Scenic Heli Tour to the Hole in the Rock

From Paihia: Scenic Heli Tour to the Hole in the Rock

From US$ 175.48 per person

Enjoy a 20-minute scenic heli flight over the Bay of islands' crystal clear turquoise waters to the world famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ with full pilot's commentary. Upgrade to land atop the natural landmark, with an optional walk led by a Maori guide.

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  • Experience an unforgettable tour of the Bay of Islands from the air
  • See stunning views of the turquoise water of the Bay, beaches and coastal towns
  • Learn about the Bay’s points of interest and history with engaging commentary from your pilot
  • Upgrade to include one of the landing options on the Hole in the Rock for a truly unique experience
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See the breathtaking Bay of islands on this unforgettable helicopter flight. Upgrade to one of the two landing options to experience the iconic natural landmark ‘Hole in the Rock’ up close and on foot.  Departing from the Paihia Office and Helipad, you will fly over the crystal clear turquoise waters of the main island group to the world famous “Hole in the Rock.” The flight features stunning island and coastline views including the townships of Russell, Paihia & Waitangi. There is no doubt that seeing the Bay of Islands from the air is one of the best ways to experience this beautiful area and appreciate the scenery it has to offer. Your pilot will provide a detailed commentary during the flight, highlighting points of interest and historical facts about the area. You will be provided with a headset with voice activated microphone in order to communicate with the pilot and your flightmates while in the air. Select an upgrade to land by helicopter on a newly built helipad on top of the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Very few people in history, including Maori, have ever ventured on the island in this way before. Be surrounded by steep cliffs and admire stunning scenery looking towards Cape Brett. You have the option to land on the island with a brief stop on the viewing platform or to be hosted on the island by a local Maori Guide who will share the islands’ unique history plus its cultural and ecological significance. 
  • 20-minute scenic helicopter flight
  • Live commentary from your pilot
  • Hole in the Rock landing (if option selected)

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    • All departures are subject to weather conditions and require a minimum of 2 passengers. If you are a solo traveller, the local operator will aim to book you with other confirmed passengers
    • Children are the same price as adults for ages 4 years and over. Infants are under 4 years and can fly seated on the lap of an adult free of charge
    • During the winter months, due to wet weather, the aircraft may not be able to land at Cape Reinga; on these occasions an alternate option will be offered
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    5 /5

    based on 6 reviews

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    What a great adventure. Best way to see the Bay of Islands. Daniel was very informative and helpful, and made us feel well at ease while experiencing our first ever helicopter flight. Will def be back for another flight.

    May 2, 2021

    Awesome trip with really friendly and informative pilot.

    February 8, 2021

    Was my first time in a helicopter and it was awesome. Unfortunately the weather came in so we were not able to get to the hole in the rock but managed to see a lot more other Islands. Dan our pilot was very knowledgeable

    September 27, 2020

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