Imagine taking a helicopter flight over an active volcano . Here is your chance to do just that on a helicopter tour from Rotorua. You'll spot marine life from the air, have the option of landing on one or two islands and see New Zealand's magnificent scenery from above.
- 3.5-hour scenic helicopter flight over Rotorua
- Approximately one-hour visit to White Island
- Second landing at Mt Tarawera if option selected
- Scenic views and wildlife spotting
- Your choice of departure time between 9am and 5pm
- Pickup and drop off from selected Rotorua hotels
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What You Can Expect
Your flight takes you east over views of lakes, forest and the volcanic fault line. You'll land for approximately an hour on White Island, the most continuously active of New Zealand's volcanoes, and take a trek up to the crater. White Island soars nearly 1,000 feet (300 meters) above sea level and 70% is under the water, making it New Zealand's largest volcano.
If the option is chosen you will also land at Mount Tarawera. This volcano is made of rhyolite, a very viscous lava which does not flow easily. Tarawera has a very impressive feature a chasm which passes through all three domes and opens up their interior. The higher parts are reachable by foot.
On your return flight, keep an eye out for dolphins and schools of fish visible on the surface of the water beneath you.
Not cheap, but this trip was fully worth the cost. It was jaw-droppingly brilliant. The weather was not that good on the planned day; but the company rang us and asked whether we would prefer to delay the trip for a day, so that the weather was better and to help us enjoy the experience. We agreed to that delay, and it was worth that replanning. The pilot was great, and he gave us a knowledgeable tour on the two sites we landed at as well as a commentary in-flight. The memory of this trip will last forever with us. We would easily recommend this trip.
Wow- great trip. Company and pilot (Jed) were professional