Treasured Harbour (Maori translation for Whangarei)
After lifting off over the glistening Whangarei harbour we head toward the magnificent cascades of the Whangarei Falls. Turning east we then fly low over the green rolling coastal farms to the shimmering sands of Bream Bay to possibly catch a glimpse of a group of cruising whales or dolphins playing through the surf, before heading back to Whangarei city.
From Whangarei city we fly to the golden dunes of the east coast, skimming along the shoreline to the welcoming harbour of "Tutukaka". Views abound as we launch out over the Pacific Ocean to the Poor Knights Islands and Marine Reserve, home to one of the world's top five diving spots. Then we head past the shipwrecks of the Tui and Waikato, toward the Bay Of Islands, where 144 spectacular islands are spread across some of the most memorable coastal scenery in NZ. Swooping over the beach resort of Paihia to Russell, NZ's first capital, then on to circle around the famous "Hole in the Rock" formation. Sit back and relax as we whisk you over rural towns, bubbling brooks and native forests to home.
From Whangarei we head south-west over lush rolling rural countryside, bushblocks, forestry and small rural settlements, past Maungaturoto and then loop over the stunning blue waters of the Kaipara Harbour (one of the largest enclosed harbours in the world) before heading back to Whangarei city.