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Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Guided Walking Tour of Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve

Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Guided Walking Tour of Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve

Rotorua, New Zealand
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Overview

Fly over volcanic domes and caldera lakes on a Mt Tarawera helicopter flight from Rotorua. This 1-hour adventure includes a landing at Hells Gate for a 30-minute guided walking tour of the geothermal reserve. Hover above Mt Tarawera's volcanic rift zone for spectacular aerial views, then come up close to steaming hot pools as your pilot-guide provides expert commentary on the area’s geology, history and Maori legends.
  • 1-hour Mt Tarawera helicopter tour and Hells Gate guided walk, from Rotorua
  • Enjoy spectacular aerial views of Mt. Tarawera's volcanic rift zone
  • See thermal activity up close on a 30-minute guided walk around Hells Gate, Rotorua’s hottest thermal reserve
  • Learn about the geology, history, and Maori legends of the area from your expert pilot-guide
  • Get great photos of Rotorua and Mokoia Island from the air
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Rotorua hotels included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Live commentary on board
Pilot/guide
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Rotorua hotels

Departure Time

Your preferred time between dawn and dusk

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After hotel pickup in Rotorua 15 minutes before your scheduled flight, you’re transferred to the lakefront helipad to begin your 1-hour Mt Tarawera helicopter tour. Buckle in and take off from Lake Rotorua as your pilot expertly maneuvers the helicopter above the city and heads east toward the distant peaks of the volcano.

Soar over Lake Tarawera before circling the vast volcanic crater system of Mt Tarawera, created by the cataclysmic 1886 eruption, which destroyed the Pink and White Terraces. You’ll appreciate one-of-a-kind aerial views from your vantage point in the sky as the pilot points out distinctive geological features of the lunar-like landscape, including caldera lakes and volcanic domes.

Descend into Hells Gate — known as Tikitere to the the Maori people — a geothermal reserve whose English name was coined after playwright George Bernard Shaw noted that the bubbling pools must surely be the gateway to hell. 

Upon landing, embark on a 30-minute guided walk around Rotorua’s hottest thermal park. Stroll at a leisurely pace to hot lakes, ancient cooking pools and a mud volcano whose mineral-rich clay the Maori traditionally harvested for its healing powers.

Then board the helicopter for your return flight, zooming over Mokoia Island before landing at Lake Rotorua where your return vehicle whisks you back to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Lake Rotorua
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mt. Tarawera
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Volcanic Air
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Hell's Gate Geothermal Reserve & Mud Spa
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Due to comfort and balance of the aircraft, the maximum per seat limit is 297 lbs (135 kg) per passenger
  • Minimum age is 1 year
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing
  • OPERATED BY Volcanic Air Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Guided Walking Tour of Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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