Helicopter Landing on Hole in the Rock, Bay of Islands
Helicopter Landing on Hole in the Rock, Bay of Islands

Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level
  • Spoken languages
  • Duration
    from 35 min to 1 hr
  • Opening seasons:
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Activity description

Experience a truly unique New Zealand adventure with a scenic helicopter flight on the Hole in the Rock along with a rewarding cultural visit with a Maori guide.

Land by helicopter on an exclusive helipad on the infamous Hole in the Rock. For many years getting this close was difficult to do but with the blessing of the Motu Kokako Ahuwhenua Trust, you can now experience it up close and on foot. You have the option to land on the island with a brief stop on the viewing platform or be hosted on the island by a local Maori guide who will share the island’s unique history, cultural and ecological significance. Choose from one of three options to experience this unique adventure:

35 min Landing Experience: A scenic helicopter flight over the Bay of Islands and to the Hole in the Rock from Paihia with return. Upon landing, you can stand on top of the island for approximately 15 mins to take in the incredible views with photo opportunities.

45 min Landing Experience: The 35 min option plus an extra 10 mins of flying with an extended scenic journey over the Bay of Islands.

1 hour Guided Experience: Scenic helicopter flight from Paihia over the Bay of Islands, with return trip. Upon landing, you will go for a short walk and cultural tour with a Maori Guide for approximately 30 minutes.

Cancellation policy: 
1) Cancellation 30 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically refunded the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 30 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% refund

3) 10 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, are considered last-minute cancellations
→ No refund will be made


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Meeting point
Salt Air’s Paihia Helipad on the waterfront adjacent to the Paihia Wharf: Marsden Rd, Paihia 0247, New Zealand Get directions
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