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  1. New Zealand
  2. Bay of Islands
  3. Paihia
  4. Piercy Island

Bay of Islands: Helicopter and Cruise Half-Day Island Escape

Product ID: 179798
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Experience the best of the Bay of Islands and see more in less time. Enjoy a half-day helicopter and cruise island escape package. Cruise to a remote island for a leisurely stopover then fly over the Hole in the Rock before returning to Paihia.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
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Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

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  • See more in less time on a 4-hour adventure by boat and helicopter
  • Cruise out to a remote island to explore, snorkel, swim or relax
  • Fly back via the Hole in the Rock on a scenic 15-minute helicopter tour
Full description
Discover the stunning beauty of the Bay of Islands over 4 amazing hours. If you want to see more in less time, this premium excursion is for you. Combine a scenic cruise from Paihia with an island stopover and a helicopter flight back over the Hole in the Rock.

After check-in at the helicopter base near Paihia Wharf, you'll be directed to the sea shuttle. Set sail around 10:00 AM on a relaxing and informative cruise through the bay's islands. Disembark on a remote island beach and savor your time there any way you choose - snorkel, swim, relax or hike along one of the island's many trails. After 2 to 3-hours on the island, climb back aboard the boat and transfer to the custom-built helipad set atop a large floating barge. 

Take to the skies for a bird’s-eye views of the islands' breathtaking scenery and the Hole in the Rock. Peer out from your window seat at this stunning natural formation visible only by sea or air. Your friendly pilot will provide commentary and point out all the must-see sights before returning you safely to the helipad in Paihia.
  • 15-minute scenic helicopter flight
  • Inflight commentary from your experienced pilot
  • Scenic cruise by sea shuttle
  • 2-3-hour island stopover
  • Use of snorkel and paddleboard equipment
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Paihia Helipad, Marsden Rd, Paihia, New Zealand. The helipad is located next to the Paihia Wharf area and Maritime Building, opposite the Village Green.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Swimwear
Know before you go
• Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a beach visit. Bring lunch, drinks, a hat, sunscreen, plus swimwear and a towel for swimming on the island stopover
• This tour operates seasonally between October and April
• Snorkeling and paddleboarding equipment is available to borrow if you don’t have your own
• The activity is subject to favorable weather conditions and requires minimum numbers. If you are a solo traveler, the local operator will aim to book you with other confirmed passengers
• It is recommended to book for your first available day in Paihia so that you have maximum flexibility to roll on to the next available date