North Island by Air – Unforgettable Helicopter Experiences
New Zealand’s North Island is well known for its picturesque landscape and pristine beaches. While the majority of visitors only see the Islands beauty up close on land some get the chance to see it from a distance by air. Helicopter experiences are a great way to see the country and throughout the north island there are numerous tours that are truly unforgettable. These are our top picks, which helicopter experience would you choose?
White Island – Land on a Volcano
Are you brave enough to set foot on an active volcano? Take a flight from Whakatane, Tauranga or Rotorua to see aerial views of Bay of Plenty and then land on the incredible White Island. This is New Zealand’s most active volcano with steaming vents and remains of a sulphur mine still present on the island today. If you are up for the ultimate adventure you can even arrange a walking tour around the island and into the crater which requires a gas mask and hard hat.
Bay of Islands – Landing on the Iconic Hole in the Rock
Located approximately 3 hours north of Auckland is the stunning Bay of Islands . With over 140 islands to discover that are seriously rich in culture and history you don’t want to leave this off your itinerary. One of the best ways to view these islands is a scenic helicopter flight with Salt Air who now offer an exclusive experience like no other – landing on the iconic Hole in the Rock. For years boats have been cruising through the Hole in the Rock but for the first time in history you can now land and set foot on the top of this stunning rock formation. Tours include a walk through the native bush on top of the island and the option of a Maori guide who will tell the story of the land.
New Zealand’s two largest cities are found in the North Island- Auckland City and Wellington City. Both cities have various activities on offer making it hard to decide where to start. A helicopter flight is the perfect activity to familiarise yourself with the area. With the help of the pilot guide you’ll have all the information you need to find the best spots when returning to ground. Learn about the history, culture and the countries environment while taking in the beauty of these cities from above. For the more adventurous don’t miss the Heli-Fishing or Heli-Surfing in Auckland city with Heletranz.
Tongariro National Park
The oldest national park in New Zealand, Tongariro is a popular hike for tourists but you can also catch a flight to the top. Enjoy aerial views of the stunning volcanic scenery, Lake Taupo and native bush then land on the snow at the top for another perspective of the diverse landscape. Boiling mud pools, emerald lakes, unique wildlife, culture and an active red crater are all reasons why this location is acknowledged by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage site.