Although Auckland is known as the ‘city of sails’, getting airborne with a scenic flight is also a great way to see the best of the region – especially when short on time. Whether it’s a short 20 minute buzz around the city or an hour long scenic adventure there are plenty of scenic flight operators in the Auckland region to choose from.
Take a scenic flight, go paragliding, skydiving, paramotoring or give hang gliding a go. Soar high above the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf, glimpse the splendour of Rangitoto and Waiheke Islands, take in the almighty expanse of the sprawling city suburbs and see the prominent volcanic formations scattered throughout the region first hand.
Read on for some of the Auckland scenic flight operators available from the Auckland International Airport and other departure points around the city.
Auckland scenic helicopter flights cover a range of viewing options and fun filled excursions that include the various essential sights of Auckland and some bonus extras along the way.
Flightseeing visitors can experience everything from visits to the remote Islands of the Hauraki Gulf for wine tastings, fine dining or kayaking excursions, to stunning aerial views of volcanic cones, dramatic coastlines, bush clad regional parks and golden beaches.
The only helicopter tour operator departing from within the CBD, INFLITE Experiences offers domestic and international travellers private travel and scenic flights in and around Auckland city and beyond.
INFLITE Experiences have an extensive range of scenic flights and flightseeing tours. Choose from Waiheke and White Island day trips, heli-golf and heli-fishing adventures, Waitomo cave excursions through to exclusive Lodge escapes and food and wine heli-tours.
A short ten minute flight over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Sky Tower and Viaduct Harbour will set you back $150 while half day fishing and golf trips come in at around $500 to $1000. All flights depart from the Auckland Waterfront Heliport located at 1 Solent Street, Judges Bay (otherwise known as Mechanics Bay).
Based out of the Auckland International Airport, Helicopter Me specialise in luxury helicopter tours and travel. Choose from their 30 minute Auckland Discovery Tour, the Coromandel Explorer Day Tour or for something a little further afield the three hour Bay of Islands and Northland tour.
Helicopter Me also offer fully customisable tours, combination Waiheke Island vineyard and activity tours along with heli-golf and heli-fishing tours and charters. Their fleet is also available for luxury lodge transfers, private property landings, airport transfers, business meetings, utility and commercial work.
Prices range from $298 per person for the Auckland Discovery Tour and $1389 for the Coromandel Tour through to over $4000 for longer tours and charters. Flights depart from 1 Ray Emery Drive, at the Auckland International Airport.
Providing a mixture of private and combined scenic helicopter flights, Heletranz can get you out over the city’s volcanoes, Sky Tower and Harbour as well as from coast to coast and back in its comprehensive fleet of helicopters.
Specialising in creating tailored scenic flights with a touch of luxury both in and around Auckland and Waiheke and beyond, Heletranz are Auckland’s premier helicopter tour company. Find the Heletranz team at 234 Rosedale Road, Albany, Auckland.
Airport transfers and charter flights are also available along with heli-golfing and heli-fishing experiences. Flights further afield to Whakatane’s White Island and the Waikato’s famous Hobbiton site are also on offer, among other options.
Whether it’s the Bay of Islands, Coromandel, Northlands Cape Reinga or the impressive islands of the Hauraki Gulf – North Shore Helicopters have got it covered. Wherever you want to go, whatever you want to see they can organise a scenic flight to suit.
Along with scenic tours, North Shore Helicopters can accommodate corporate charters, golf, ski, and fishing trips as well as transfers, photography and even flight training. Their well-presented fleet of nine helicopters can accommodate between 5 and 9 passengers.
Situated at 272 Postman Road, Gate 6, Dairy Flat, Auckland, next door to the North Shore Aero Club, North Shore Helicopter are approximately 30 minutes’ drive from the central city. Scenic flight prices do vary depending on what you are after, but as a guide 20 minutes up and around the city currently costs $229 per person while a heli-fishing type adventure comes in at around $800 per person.
Taking to the air in the traditional way, scenic aeroplane flights over Auckland are a great way to see the sights and enjoy some of Auckland’s best views.
There are plenty of flightseeing operators in and around the Auckland area to choose from with each offering their own twist on the traditional New Zealand scenic flight experience.
For something a little different head out to the Fly DC3 team at Ardmore Airport. Enjoy taking a step back in time in the fixed wing propeller driven DC3 aircraft on a half hour scenic flight over Auckland. Keep an eye out for Auckland’s One Tree Hill, Mt Eden and Auckland Domain, the Auckland Harbour Bridge, the Auckland waterfront and Viaduct Harbour as well as the Sky Tower.
A key player in World War two and prominent fixture in the sky’s during the 1930’s and 40’s, the DC3 has seen an extensive rebuild since arriving on New Zealand shores and now offers groups of up to 30 people the chance to enjoy scenic flights with a difference.
Prices range from $120 for adults, $100 for Seniors (Over 65 years), and children aged between 3 and 15 years are $80. All flights are weather permitting, and minimum passenger numbers are necessary. Flights depart from 511 Harvard Lane, Ardmore, Papakura.
Proudly New Zealand owned and operated, Flight Hauraki operate a fleet of four fixed wing aircrafts, including a five seat Cessna 207, a three seat Cessna 172, a twin-engine seven seater Piper Navajo and a three seat Piper Archer II.
Specialising in scenic flights to and from Waiheke Island, the team at Flight Hauraki offer a selection of scenic flights including an exotic Island explorer, Auckland city highlights, Waiheke highlights and wine tasting, Rangitoto and Coromandel excursions along with a handy transfer service between Ardmore, Waiheke and Great Barrier Island.
Find Flight Haurraki at 690 Harvard Lane, Ardmore Airport, Papakura Auckland. Flights range from $99 per person for a quick trip out to Rangitoto Island to $319 for the Great Coast Explorer loop. Cutomised scenic flights are also available on request.
Looking for something a bit different? Experience the thrill of a water take-off and landing as part of your scenic flight with Auckland Seaplanes. Choose from the Rangitoto Island circuit, exploring the Hauraki Gulf, nearby coastline and bays and an Island hopping experience tailor made to suit.
All flights depart from 11 Brigham Street, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland. Bookings can be made online or by contacting the Auckland Seaplanes office. Prices range from $200 per person for a 40 minute flight out over the city and around Rangitoto Island up to $470 for the longer one hour Island hopping adventure.
Auckland Seaplanes use Canadian designed de Havilland Beaver aircraft for their scenic flights. These seaplanes are able to carry up to seven passengers and only require short distances for take-off and landing.
Looking for a different kind of way to get airborne in Auckland? Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Sky Diving and Paramotoring are all popular options for those wishing to get a bit more ‘hands on’ while enjoying the sights of Auckland from above.
Prices for these activities fall anywhere between approximately $200 per person for a introductory hang gliding or paragliding experience to $425 for a tandem skydive from an impressive 16500 feet. See below for some of the local operators in the Auckland region.
Whether its scenic helicopter rides, hang gliding, paragliding, sky diving or aeroplane rides, your Auckland aerial adventure is sure be one to remember. Need more ideas on fun things to do in Auckland?
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