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A Robinson R44 takes off from ‘Salt Air’s’ helicopter pad on the Paihia waterfront in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
This would probably be the best way to see all the islands in a short time – a twenty minute ride would give you a good cover of the more than one hundred and fifty islands for $NZ220.00 per person.
Note the flagpole above the helicopter – this is in a small reserve and some ’ wag ’ has placed a traffic cone on top of it.

Fuji HS10 at 60mm, 1/300, f/7.1.

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helicopter, robinson r44, paihia, bay of islands, new zealand


  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbieover 3 years ago

    And we have lift off!!!

  • Yes Auntie Barbie, it happens about half a dozen times a day in good weather.

    – Roy Massicks

  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    I love helos, Roy but they’re horrible for taking pictures from. The perspex and sun provide so much glare that they ruin most pictures. There was one company in Honolulu that used doorless helicopters, but never did go up in one of theirs. Unfortunately.

  • Know what you mean David – If you tell them when you book they’ll stick you next to the pilot with a sliding window but of course, if he has a heart attack you are expected to fly the heli home…Lol!

    – Roy Massicks

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Deborah.

    – Roy Massicks

  • julie08
    julie08over 3 years ago

    Great shot :)

  • Many thanks Julie – it’s a sight to see these helicopters buzzing in and out of the bay.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 3 years ago

    Sounds like a great ride, lovely shot Roy!

  • Thank you Shaun – certainly is a great ride. They also do a fixed wing or helicopter trip the full length of Ninety Mile Beach (actually sixty miles) to Cape Reinga and the lighthouse at the northern tip of New Zealand. – Fantastic !

    – Roy Massicks

  • snapitnc
    snapitncover 3 years ago

    great catch roy,at least the cone will stop people parking on top of the pole,cheers mike

  • A bit of light hearted tomfoolery there Mike. It will be interesting to see how long it stays there. Thanks for the comments.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 3 years ago

    Brilliant shot Roy..I wanna go..

  • Thank you Jason – see my comment to Shaun. We did the Cape Reinga flight some years ago when the kids weren’t around as it was so expensive.

    After the kids arrived at our camp it was the 4 × 4 along the beack to the Cape.

    – Roy Massicks

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 3 years ago

    Great capture of this copter Roy.

  • Many thanks Gary – tourists take advantage of this to see the whole Bay with the limited time they have.

    – Roy Massicks

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago

    Great shot Roy. Not the cheapest form of transport for sure!

  • I agree Colin but boy, what a view and the Pilot tries to get you some great shots. Thank you for your comments too.

    – Roy Massicks

  • myraj
    myrajover 3 years ago

    Great shot Roy. I wonder how the wag climbed the pole?

  • Comments appreciated Myra – I think he just shinned up like a monkey !

    – Roy Massicks

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