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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.

Highlights

  • 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 15 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.

Customer Reviews

Debra D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent way to view the bay of islands. Staff were very friendly and professional, went out of their way to ensure we had a great experience.

Colin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

In a word 'fantastic'.

Will worth the trip.

The pilot was friendly and knowledgeable. A great experience.

Kenneth J P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

There's no better way to see Bay of Islands than by helicopter and landing on the Hole in the Rock was a great thrill. Our pilot/guide was terrific. We highly recommend this adventure.

jrobinson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The tour was fantastic! An absolute must do, even for those of us who are a little bit afraid of flying in a helicopter. The pilot was exceptionally professional and informative. Be sure to include the landing on top of the rock portion of the tour --- it is well worth it.

Curtis H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This is definitely the way to see the Bay of Islands! This was one of the highlights of our trip. The helicopter company was on time and the pilot was very informative. Would highly recommend.

catherine g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was brilliant. It exceeded our expectations. The scenery was breathtaking!

Stephen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Landing on the Hole in the Rock was a very special experience highly recommended

Robert W L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Great trip out to Cape Brett with Sean in the R44. Clear blue sky and sparkling waters. Great comentary about local history.

Monika B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

This was the first time my husband and myself have ever been in a helicopter. It was such an amazing feeling. We could have not picked a better place or time of day to do it. It was just wonderful. We are definatly hooked.

Martin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2013

Excellent - one of the best ways to see the area

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