The Bay of Islands is an area in the north of Auckland where we spent the last days of our holidays in New Zealand. As we were traveling around the country we planed to do a helicopter flight over Rotorua and the countless geysers and bubbling mud pools, but the weather upset our plans. It was quite rainy as we were in the Rotorua area so we decided to postpone it. The flight was a birthday present to my husband who is very enthusiastic about volcanic activity and nature at all.
So it was one of our last days in New Zealand and we had not enough time to see much of the northern part. Therefore the sightseeing helicopter flight was one of the best decisions. We got up early on that morning because we had a long way in front of us and we saw that the sky is bright and the sun is shinning. We just had gorgeous weather – perfect conditions to do the flight. So we left our amazing camping site just on the shores of the Haruru Falls near Paihia and headed to the city centre. Already the street to the city was quite busy – compared to the day before – really unusual.
As we got at the helicopter meeting point we knew why. There was a big cruise liner in the harbor and thousands of tourists were hopping around. Amazingly the most of them were also interested in doing this helicopter flights. So the helicopters were flying all the time. We jumped on a small one and there it was – the whole bay of islands was at our feet.
My expectations for the flight to be shaky and turbulent – fortunately this was not the case. It was my first helicopter flight and I enjoyed it at most. We got no miles for it but we had the honor to sit in the cockpit and the Salt Air pilot was friendly and talkative, so we learned lot about the small islands.
Some of the island are completely private other are featuring exclusive accommodations available at an exclusive prices. One of them is the Eagles Nest. Having only six private villas on 75-acre this resort was selected as one of the ultimate romantic escapes by the Conde Nast Traveller Magazine .
The short flight to the Hole in the Rock, Piercy Island, took us about 20 minutes. Nevertheless it was the highlight of the journey for me. Overlooking the unique landscape from the air, the clear turquoise water and the sunshine made me feeling like in heaven ;). I hope to have the chance to visit this amazing part of New Zealand again and maybe even stay at such exclusive accommodation like the Eagles Nest.