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Fly by helicopter to White Island, New Zealand’s only permanently active offshore volcano. On this 3-hour flight and volcano walking tour from Rotorua, the pilot soars over the Northern Lakes district with aerial views of the active crater before landing on White Island for a guided walking tour. Slip past steaming vents and colorful sulphur formations as you learn about the abandoned mining ruins left behind on its lunar-like landscape.

Highlights

  • Helicopter flight and walking tour of White Island from Rotorua
  • Trek past active steam vents, hot streams and vibrant sulphur formations on a guided walk on the island
  • Hear informative commentary from an expert pilot-guide
  • Choose from multiple departure times

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Once mined for sulphur, the active island volcano of White Island periodically erupts while constantly emitting a cloud of steam. You can see this extraordinary sight from the air and land on this combined helicopter flight and walking tour, which makes for a surreal experience.

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What You Can Expect

White Island Helicopter Flight and Volcano Walking Tour

White Island helicopter landing and walking tour

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.

Customer Reviews

Rob W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The helicopter flight was great especially the trip home with the front seat experience.
The volcanic walk was better than expected with great information and history of the island shared by the pilot/guide.
A great gift or shout yourself an experience!

Michael J H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

An absolute must do if you're in Rotorua. This was honestly one of the coolest things I have ever done in my life. The flight, approach and landing to the volcano are spectacular. Then to actually walk around the island right up to the crater is just amazing. Our pilot was great and did his best to make the trip as enjoyable as possible as did the rest of the team on the ground. A great day and definitely one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand.

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