What better way to see the beauty of the Bay of Plenty coast and sprawling kiwifruit orchards – than from a zippy red chopper. Aerius make a helicopter ride an affordable affair, with short flights from $49. From a pad beside Kiwifruit Country theme park near Te Puke, you can roar down over the Bay’s kiwifruit growing heartland, and sparkling rivers, to Maketu and back.
Spend a bit more and they’ll shuttle you out to islands like Motiti, or even New Zealand's only live marine volcano White Island. (They even provide non-boring transport for weddings!) Children under 4 with an adult are free. Aerius fly 7 days a week, weather permitting.
Te Puke, freephone 0800-864 354 , www.aerius.co.nz