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Explore the aerial terrain from Auckland Harbour to Waiheke Island during a 15-minute seaplane tour. Fly over Auckland landmarks such as the Sky Tower and Harbour Bridge, and take in the bird's-eye views of Lake Pupuke and Rangitoto, Motutapu, Motuihe and Brown’s islands from above. Hear live commentary from the pilot on natural features like white-sand beaches and volcanic craters dotting the Hauraki Gulf. Select a morning or afternoon flight.

Highlights

  • Scenic flight by seaplane over Auckland Harbour and Hauraki Gulf
  • Fly low over Rangitoto Island for an excellent view of its volcanic crater
  • Take in the scenery of Motutapu, Waiheke, Motuihe and Brown’s islands
  • Learn about the history of the region and seaplane aviation from your expert pilot

What You Can Expect

Auckland Seaplane Tour

Auckland Seaplane Tour

Meet your pilot at Wynyard Quarter in central Auckland and board the 8-seater De Havilland Beaver seaplane for a memorable 15-minute flight over Auckland Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf. Expect the entire experience to last about 40 minutes, including a safety briefing before an exciting water take-off.


Slip on the provided radio headset to hear your pilot’s narration, and peer down at the yachts dotting Auckland Harbour. Soar over the freshwater crater of Lake Pupuke en route to the Hauraki Gulf. Gaze down at Rangitoto Island, Auckland’s youngest volcano, as your seaplane flies just 500 feet (150 meters) above the crater before continuing over Motutapu Island to the white-sand beaches and rolling hills of Waiheke Island.


Loop back toward Auckland Harbour by way of forested Motuihe Island, a recreational reserve that contains Maori archaeological artifacts, a historic cemetery and military installations from both world wars. Your pilot then circles around Brown’s Island, one of the best-preserved volcanic craters in the Auckland Volcanic Field.


Your pilot points out city landmarks such as the 1,076-foot (328-meter) Sky Tower before splashing down on the water and taxiing back to shore, where your aerial tour ends.

Customer Reviews

djb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved it!!!! Pilot was great!!! Plane was a wonderful vintage sea plane and the views were beautiful!

vicki28uk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

fantastic experience

Sidney G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a surprise tour for my husband that I planned as a shore excursion from our ship. We were on the Seaplane with two other couples, and one person had to sit without a window. This was not fair to that person since it was very hard for them to see anything. We really liked the company, the tour was wonderful since you really got a spectacular view of Auckland and its islands which gave us a better understanding of this wonderful city. I would take another Seaplane Tour in another city!

Ellie

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

Awesome tour. The pilot gave good instructions and commentaries. Good view of Auckland and surrounds.

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