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 Topa Mai - VIP Helicopter Experience

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Discover Our History


“Patua ki waenganui o ye au ki Hikuragi. He toka whakairo e tu aka nei”

“Cleaving the twin peaks of Hikurangi. Where the carved rock emerges” - from Kura Tiwaka Taua, traditional Ngati Porou Haka.

Journey to the Maunga Hikurangi  pou (whakairo, traditional carvings) by helicopter. Along the way enjoy breath-taking views of the lands, sea and sky once surveyed by ancient Ngati Porou chiefs.

Disembark at the pou and learn about Maori gods and legends, the mountain’s significance in New Zealand history and to the Ngati Porou people, as well as the meanings behind the traditional carvings – the largest standing at over 10 metres.


Maximum tour size 6 people | Price depends on add-ons

Bookings essential.

Experience base includes:

  • Helicopter transfer to and from the carving site

  • Expert Ngati Porou guide

  • Picnic lunch atop Maunga Hikurangi, all locally sourced

  • Native seedling to plant (part of an intergenerational eco-project

  • Gift from the Ngati Porou tribe

Add-on:

  • Transfers to & from Gisborne Airport

  • Boutique Accommodation

  • Dinner prepared by private chef

  • Marae visit - a tangatawhenua mihi (greeting from the people of the land)

  • East Coast highlights tour (by air) - Tokomaru Bay, Tolaga Bay, Te Araroa

ADULT: $POA

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