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Salt Air - Bay of Islands

Salt Air, New Zealand Air Service Operator, offers spectacular aeroplane or helicopter scenic flights around New Zealand's maritime playground the Bay of Islands as well as charter flights to any destination within New Zealand. Salt Air is committed to quality customer service and this is reflected in the growth the company has experienced.

Salt Air opened for business in December 1992 initially operating a Grumman Super Widgeon seaplane and business grew so well in the first season that the Bay of Islands was made a permanent base and an office was built at the downtown Paihia seaplane ramp.

Much of the East coast of the North is unreachable by road so land-based aircraft from the airports at Haruru Falls and Kerikeri were introduced. A half day scenic flight and four wheel drive tour to the top of New Zealand is available which involves flying to an airstrip at Cape Reinga (the top of New Zealand) and then a 4WD tour before returning to the airfield and flying back to the Bay of Islands.  The north bound flight travels over some fantastic scenery which includes bush clad hills, the deep Whangaroa Harbour, unspoilt Doubtless bay and of course the famous Ninety Mile Beach. We stop at an airfield called Shenstone Farm Airstrip, which is only 20 Km's by road from Cape Reinga.

Our first stop on the vehicle tour is the Cape Reinga lighthouse with it's spectacular views of the Tasman Sea and mighty Pacific Ocean merging together. Our next stop is just around the corner at beautiful Taputoputo Bay for morning or afternoon tea and a quick swim if desired. The last stop on the vehicle tour is the Te Paki quicksand stream with it's mighty sand dunes, sand sleds are provided for the more adventurous travellers among the group to try a bit of "Sand Surfing" if desired. (Click map for larger version.) The return flight follows the East coast of northland and takes in spectacular scenery such as Parengarenga Harbour, Great Exhibition Bay, Karikari Peninsular, Cavalli Islands and of course the Bay of Islands.

With the Far North of New Zealand as our back yard we have airstrips available to us in many out of the way places. So if it is a fishing trip or just a secluded spot for a quite get away, contact the team at Salt Air and the chances are that we can get you to that special place at your pace.

Destinations in the Far North include Whangaroa Harbour, Parengarenga Harbour, Houhora Harbour, Great Barrier Island and Kauri Cliffs.

Salt Air operates a helicopter to exclusive lodges, golf courses and secluded destinations in the Northland region and charter flights to any destination within New Zealand. Depending on the number of people travelling chartering an aircraft can be more economical than commercial airlines and certainly better tailored to your individual requirements.

Why not take advantage of the Salt Air charter service between Auckland and the Far North and you or your special guest will be met at Auckland Airport or if on an international flight at the arrivals gate and then flown direct to the Bay of Islands where a courtesy shuttle is available to transport you to your accommodation.

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