• Location: Paihia, New Zealand
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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See the Bay of Islands from water, land and air on this half-day tour that includes a boat cruise, island stopover and helicopter flight. Departing from Paihia, board the Sea Shuttle for a scenic boat ride, and stop for a few hours at Roberton Island to hike, swim or snorkel. Finish with a helicopter tour over the Bay of Islands and hover above the Hole in the Rock for great photo ops.


  • Scenic cruise of the Bay of Islands from Paihia
  • Swim, snorkel or relax on a remote island
  • Helicopter flight over the Bay of Islands

What You Can Expect

Bay of Islands Cruise and Scenic Helicopter Tour

Bay of Islands Heli-cruise

Experience the spectacular beauty of the Bay of Islands with a boat cruise, island stopover and helicopter flight from Paihia. The Sea Shuttle takes you into the sparkling waters of the bay to remote Roberton Island (Motuarohia) where you’ll disembark at Cook’s Cove for a few hours. 

Use your free time to explore the island however you wish: take a hike along one of the many nature tracks up to steep coastal cliffs for panoramic pictures of the bay; swim and snorkel an underwater trail; or simply sun yourself on the beach as you relax on shore. Bring along a picnic lunch as you will work up an appetite!

Later, board the Sea Shuttle and transfer to a helipad atop a large custom-built floating barge. You’ll take to the skies for bird’s-eye views of the famous Hole in the Rock, a natural formation only visible by sea or air, while your pilot provides commentary and points out the must-see sights. Then soar above the islands on the return helicopter flight to Pahia.


Customer Reviews

ewan m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Only problem is there is no option to award 6 Stars!!
One of the top highlights of our NZ trip...
The cruise was fantastic and far exceeded our expectations...fun friendly and professional .
The commentary was informative. Caity and Adam from Sea shuttle BOI were the best...not many
operators will send you a friendly email with free photos after your excursion ! The trip they run is one of the best we've ever been on.
The lunch stop to snorkel and paddle board was great fun ....we had had the best day by then but still had the amazing helicopter flight back to Paihia to enjoy ...and that was the cherry on top of an already excellent cake!!
Do not miss this excellent excursion!!!!

Hayley B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

You cannot go to the Bay of Islands and not experience it from air. An absolute must do. Great people and great experience.

Tracey P Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2012

Had an amazing day ...thank you

Victoria S

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

amazing place and amazing day...the only thing that tainted a perfect day is the lady from the office who was on board....she made some culturally insensitive comments about the history of the islands and really needs to learn a more accurate NZ history.

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