Bay of Islands

Cape Reinga Half-Day Tour Including Scenic Flight

Kerikeri, New Zealand

From US$291.18

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Fly over the Northland coastline on a scenic flight between Paihia and Cape Reinga. Soar above Ninety Mile Beach before landing for a minibus tour at the top end of New Zealand's North Island. Visit Cape Reinga Lighthouse, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, then stroll along the beach at Tapotupotu Bay and surf the sand dunes of Te Paki. Look down on remote Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay on your return flight. Includes morning tea and round-trip hotel transfers.
  • Round-trip scenic airplane flight between Cape Reinga and Paihia via the North Island
  • Guided driving tour around the top of New Zealand
  • Walk around the Cape Reinga Lighthouse, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean
  • Enjoy morning tea with freshly baked treats
  • See the Te Paki quicksand stream with its giant sand dunes

What's Included

  • Scenic flights to and from Cape Reinga
  • 2.5-hour guided driving tour around top end of New Zealand
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off at selected hotels in Paihia
  • Lunch

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Bay of Islands-Wiroa-Kerikeri Airport
    218 Wiroa Road, Kerikeri 0293, New Zealand

    The Salt Air office at Kerikeri airport is located to the left of the main terminal.

Pickup points

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

For morning tours, passengers staying in the Paihia/Opua area can be picked up from their accommodation to transfer to the airport. For afternoon tours they would meet at our Paihia office on Marsden Road for pick up. Those staying in the Kerikeri area or further away will meet at the airport for checkin. All passenger should provide their accommodation details when booking so we can advise the pick up or meeting time.

What To Expect

Discover the rugged Northland beauty of Cape Reinga, located at the top end of New Zealand. This combo scenic airplane flight and driving tour with plenty of stops is perfect for those short on time who want to make the most of this remote North Island region.

After hotel pickup in Paihia, fly above gorgeous oceanic landscapes, including secluded harbors and Ninety Mile Beach, en route to Cape Reinga. Upon landing, hop inside a minibus for a tour with a knowledgeable guide, who introduces you to key highlights with commentary about the area’s historical and natural features.

Stop at Cape Reinga Lighthouse for a walk around, and witness the convergence of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean. Enjoy fresh oven-baked treats for morning tea, and then take a dip at Tapotupotu Bay. Finish with a stop at the Te Paki quicksand stream where you can try to surf down giant sand dunes.

Soar over more coastal scenery, including Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay, on the return flight to the Bay of Islands. Finally, finish with a hotel drop-off in Paihia.

Cape Reinga Lighthouse

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Ninety Mile Beach

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Tapotupotu Beach

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All departures are subject to weather conditions
  • During the winter months, due to wet weather, the aircraft may not be able to land at Cape Reinga; on these occasions a 2-hour extended scenic flight option over the Cape area will be offered
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
Operated by Salt Air Limited

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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101 reviews
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The driver and pilot...
Sandra_P, Mar 2023
The driver and pilot where lovely and the pilot had loads of interesting things to share along the way. It's a really packed day and unfortunately it felt a bit rushed between flights. As nice as the stop at the beach to have coffee was there wasn't really time to enjoy it. But it really is great value for money! The dine surfing is such a great addition to the experience. Over all one of the most amazing things I've ever done and totally worth the money!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
The team here are happy to hear you enjoyed your tour with us! Dune surfing is a good bit of fun on the ground tour. We're also sorry to hear you felt a bit rushed, we've taken this on board :)
Highly recommend!
Mike_A, Dec 2022
Highly recommend! We were blessed with the blue sky and spectacular views. Thank you Sam for an amazing experience!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for leaving this amazing review! Will pass on your comments to Sam :)
Save half a days travel - fly !
David_H, Oct 2022
Best way to get to Cape Reinga and all in half a day. The flight is an experience with fabulous views on both east and west coasts.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
It was awesome to have you join us, David! Thank you for flying with us :)
Great trip!
Tyler, Mar 2020
Great experience overall! Unfortunately the weather at Cape Reinga was extremely foggy but the trip was still worth it overall. Great experience.
Brilliant trip, well organised and...
Martin_S, Feb 2018
Brilliant trip, well organised and worth the cost. We were blessed with good weather which meant that the views were magnificent. There was a fun bit at the end which involved us sandboarding down a giant dune before we got back on the plane.
Highly recommended and good value...
Anthony S, Apr 2017
Highly recommended and good value for money. Fog delayed the morning flight and therefore our departure by over an hour which could have perhaps been handled better by the ground staff. Only suggestion to improve is that the worst part of it was bouncing along in their bus to and from Paihia and the airstrip for approx 40 mins each way. We had a hired car and would have much preferred to have driven ourselves but were not aware that this was an option, or the distance involved, until afterwards. All in all though an experience to be remembered!!
Beautiful views. I'd never...
Abigail C, Feb 2016
Beautiful views. I'd never flown in such a small aircraft before but it was incredible and I felt safe and secure the entire time. I had a brilliant time
Best way to see this area! Loved this...
Forrest R, Jan 2016
Best way to see this area! Loved this experience! Simply amazing!
Thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip...
kim p, Jan 2016
Thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip - very well organised and our pilot Dan was extremely good and informative throughout. Would recommend this as a must for anybody wishing to see the wonderful landscape in its entirity of the Bay of Islands. Trip was nicely broken up by some fun features and a welcome cup of coffee!
A fabulous tour - professional and...
Mike H, Oct 2015
A fabulous tour - professional and well organised. It made our trip to NZ complete.
Super Tour trotz "Smog" durch australische Brände
Alexandra_M, Jan 2020
Vom Abholen bis zum Zurückbringen an die Unterkunft war alles gut organisiert. Unsere Pilotin startete und landete die kleine Maschine sicher und gekonnt trotz enormer Luftverwirblungen. Sie startete früher als geplant und "hetzte" zum Cape, dass aber nur damit wir vor Ort mehr Zeit hatten und vor den vielen Touristen da sein konnten. Das Sandboarden war toll, nachdem der extrem steile Anstieg mit hohem Gegen- und Seitenwind gemeistert war. Ein toller Zeitvertreib. Danke für diesen tollen Tag. Wenn dann nur mit Salt-Air!!!
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Thank you very much for your wonderful review of our Cape Reinga Tour, certainly unusual for us to have smokey skies here from Australia!

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