Up to 7 days
Enjoy a once-in-lifetime experience on this exhilarating helicopter journey to uncover the wonders of the Bay of Islands. During this captivating 35-minute scenic flight, you’ll be treated to the breathtaking scenery of the coastline and captivating island landscapes, including the regions famous Hole in the Rock. The flight culminates in a unique landing atop the island, directly above the iconic Hole in the Rock. Here, you can enjoy a 15-minute stop guided by the skilled pilot or opt for an immersive experience led by a local Māori Guide. This option includes learning of the island’s unique history, its cultural importance to the Māori people, and its ecological significance.
Few have ventured onto the island in such a remarkable manner, creating an opportunity that appeals to the adventurous spirit. Encircled by towering cliffs that reach over 150 meters high, with views stretching towards Cape Brett and beyond, this exclusive landing site promises a truly unforgettable experience.
Your aerial adventure commences from the helipad adjacent to the main wharf in Paihia not far from your cruise ship. As the helicopter ascends, you’ll be treated to incredible views of Paihia township, Russell which lays just across the bay, and the stunning coastline that leads to the Hole in the Rock, one of the biggest attractions in the Bay of Islands. The tour also encompasses the remote eastern coastline of the Cape Brett peninsula and offers additional 360 views of the Kerikeri inlet on the return.
This captivating 35-minute experience operates with flexible departure times, tailored to the day’s demand. On cruise ship days, early pre-bookings are essential due to high demand. Each flight requires a minimum of two passengers and accommodates a maximum of five passengers.
All Heli Scenic flights originate from and return to the Heliport adjacent to Paihia Wharf and Maritime Building, conveniently located on the main street of Paihia.
For cruise ship visitors disembarking at Waitangi wharf, a quick five-minute shuttle ride transports you to Paihia. From there, head to the Heliport at Paihia wharf to commence your extraordinary journey.