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Discover the Bay of Islands by helicopter, with an optional landing at the Hole in the Rock. See Cape Brett from above during a 20-minute aerial tour from Paihia, narrated by a professional pilot. Fly over Russell and Waitangi en route to the Hole in the Rock. Upgrade to land atop the iconic natural landmark, with an optional walk led by a Maori guide.


  • Scenic helicopter flights over the Bay of Islands
  • For a unique experience, choose one of the Hole in the Rock landing options
  • See the iconic natural formation of the Hole in the Rock
  • Get bird's-eye views of the historic townships of Russell, Paihia and Waitangi

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What You Can Expect

Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour

Hole in the Rock Landing

See the Cape Brett Hole in the Rock from the air on a Bay of Islands helicopter tour, departing from Paihia. All seats on board the helicopter provide spectacular bird’s-eye views, and your pilot provides commentary on each stunning natural landmark. 

Select one of three options at booking: a 20-minute scenic flight, a 35-minute tour that includes a Hole in the Rock landing or a 1-hour experience with a short nature walk upon landing.

Scenic Helicopter Flight: (20 minutes)
This Bay of Islands helicopter tour soars over the historic townships of Russell, Paihia and Waitangi, and above crystal-clear waters and island beaches. Hover above the Hole in the Rock, a natural feature at Cape Brett that can only be accessed by air or water.

Hole in the Rock Landing: (35 minutes)
Fly over the Bay of Islands before landing on the helipad atop the Hole in Rock, where you can exit the helicopter for 5 minutes. Take photos of the surrounding cliffs and natural features before returning to Pahia by helicopter.

Hole in Rock Landing and Walk: (60 minutes)
Your Bay of Islands helicopter flight lands atop the Hole in the Rock for a short walk with a Maori guide. Learn about the region’s historical, cultural and ecological significance, and revel in the fact that few people have visited the rock island this way before.
From USD $ 173.27

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