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Hover above Mt Tarawera on a helicopter tour with a landing that includes a 20-minute guided exploration of the volcanic terrain on foot. View the geothermal landscape of crater lakes and domes from the air, then get up close to the volcanic scenery as you learn about its geologic history from your guide. You’ll soar above the Northern Lakes district as you take off from Rotorua.

Highlights

  • Mt. Tarawera helicopter flight and walking tour from Rotorua
  • Take a 20-minute guided walk on Mt. Tarawera
  • Listen to insights about the terrain from the knowledgeable pilot

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

From both the air and the ground, you’ll see spectacular craters and domes formed by the 1886 eruption of Mt. Tarawera.

What You Can Expect

Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing

Mt Tarawera volcanic landing tour

Make your way to the lakefront helipad in Rotorua and board your helicopter for the flight to Mt Tarawera. Your pilot takes off over the crater lakes of the Northern Lakes district before treating you to expansive aerial views over the lunar-like landscape of the volcano, which includes a 5-mile-long (8-km) rift. 

Soaring over Lake Tarawera, the helicopter circles the volcanic terrain, including a vast crater system formed by the 1886 eruption, which covered the village of Te Wairoa and took 153 lives. Learn about the destruction of the Pink and White Terraces — waterfall pools that drew 19th-century tourists to the shores of Lake Rotomahana.

Upon landing, disembark the chopper with your guide and explore Mt Tarawera on foot. Walk past otherworldly craters and volcanic domes and compare the region’s geologic history with Maori legend as you listen to colorful commentary. 

After your 20-minute exploration on the ground, re-board the helicopter for the return flight to Rotorua.

Customer Reviews

Josianne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great Tour !! View is amazing and the pilot was really friendly.

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