Climb aboard your helicopter, snap into your seatbelt and slip on the provided headsets to hear your pilot-guide’s commentary as you take off from Rotorua.
Look down upon the Northern Lakes district, which includes Lake Rotorua and Lake Rotoiti, and soar over the geothermal landscape of Hells Gate before leaving the North Island coast to White Island, positioned 31 miles (50 km) offshore within the Taupo Volcanic Zone.
Hover above White Island’s crater lake before landing, then disembark the helicopter for a leisurely 1- to 1.5-hour guided walk on the active volcano’s ever-changing surface. On a tour of the crater floor, stop for photo ops of hot pools and fumaroles as well as the ruins of a sulphur mining factory abandoned in 1933.
You’ll learn about White Island’s gannet colonies as well as native flora, including remnants of a once-thriving pohutukawa forest. Discover how the island’s main steam vent, located below sea level, is protected by the crater walls.
On your return flight to Rotorua, take in aerial views of the Bay of Plenty.