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Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing provided by Volcanic Air

Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing

Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing
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from $496.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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What you can expect during your visit
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 40m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 40m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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 exploration on the ground, re-board the helicopter for the return flight to Rotorua.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 52223B
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Pilot-guide • Commentary on board • Entry/Admission - Mt. Tarawera
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
40m
Departure details
Lakefront Drive, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand Rotorua City Lakefront
Inclusions
Pilot-guide • Commentary on board • Entry/Admission - Mt. Tarawera
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
Lakefront Drive, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand Rotorua City Lakefront
Duration
40m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Due to comfort and balance of the aircraft, the maximum weight per seat/passenger is 297 lbs (135 kg)
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Infant seats available
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Lakefront Drive
    Lakefront Drive, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
    Rotorua City Lakefront
    See address & details
  • 1
    Mt. Tarawera
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    Land at our dormant volcano and view some out most beautiful lakes
    Read more
  • You'll end at
    Lakefront Drive
    Lakefront Drive, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
    Rotorua City Lakefront
    See address & details
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Sam
Rotorua, New Zealand1 contribution
Amazing!
Mar 2021
Really exceeded my expectations! So cool to see Rotorua from above and really surreal being able to land and walk around on Mt Tarawera. Sam was really knowledgeable and has some fun facts about Rotorua and its surrounding areas.
Written 31 March 2021
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Volcanic A
Thanks Samantha! Its always nice to hear feedback from our guests, I'm glad you enjoyed your trip. P.s I will keep learning more fun facts for our next flight :) - Sam
Written 17 April 2021
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Jen
5 contributions
Breathtaking
Feb 2021 • Couples
Our favorite part of the experience is seeing Rotorua from above, the beautiful lakes and craters, it’s like you’re a drone, seeing the view with your own eyes. Our pilot Sam was witty, knowledgeable, and accommodating. He also offered to take photos in different settings. We travelled on a beautiful sunny day-so the the photos we took are nice. Thank you for a safe and memorable flight, Volcanic Air!
Written 3 February 2021
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Volcanic A
Thank you so much for your review. It sounds like you had an amazing flight with us
Written 8 February 2021
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Marilyn B
Auckland, New Zealand72 contributions
This trip will leave a lasting memory
Oct 2020
Cannot fault this trip. Everybody we dealt with was bubby bright informative and a pleasure to deal with. The pilot was attentive, cautious with following the rules and had a yard full of information to share. He offered to take photos, shared his knowledge, told us exactly what to expect from the helicopter and made us feel at ease. It was the most fabulous weather which added to the experience. So thankful we decided to take the helicopter trip.
Written 25 October 2020
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Volcanic A
Thank you so much for joining us. It sounds like you had a great trip!
Written 13 December 2020
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Mohit d
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
Fabulous
Oct 2020
Its was one of the best experience of my life, staff was really nice and welcoming. I will highly recommend do everyone try this at least once.
Thankyou
Written 15 October 2020
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Volcanic A
Thank you for your review and great to hear you had a great experience!
Written 19 October 2020
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Anita
4 contributions
Awesome
Sep 2020 • Couples
The amazing view from the helicopter, a great experience, the staff were very friendly and informative. Our pilot Sam was great, very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
Written 17 September 2020
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Volcanic A
Thank you for your review and we are so happy you enjoyed your flight!
Written 21 September 2020
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Barry
1 contribution
Awesome and memorable highlight
Aug 2020
This was an amazing experience. Dorien in the office was great and the 2 pilots we went with were so friendly and helpful and informative. One of the pilots took a drone up to do some filming because it was such a perfect day. This meant they shut the helicopter down and we got an extended stay on top of the mountain. It was wonderful and quiet with views all the way down to Ruapehu and out to Whakaari. The split right through the mountain is awesome to behold. The flight over the lakes was also a great experience. Sam who flew the helicopter was a great guide and took lots of photos of us which was a bonus. Thanks to everyone involved. We would recommend this to all Kiwis wanting to see some of the wonders of our great country and is as good or better than anything we have done overseas.
Written 31 August 2020
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Volcanic A
Thank you for the great feedback and it certainly was a beautiful day day for it. We all really enjoyed meeting the both of you also. We hope to see you again sometime.
Written 10 September 2020
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Biggles1234
Auckland Central, New Zealand95 contributions
Tarawera Bucket tour.
We are being asked to spend local, what an awesome way to do this.
The weather perfect , sunny and clear, Receptionist where we booked and Sam our pilot, great and helpful.
Good commentary on history of the volcanic eruption in 1886.
On the helicopter we wore masks lifting off for the flight over the Rotorua before landing on Mt Tarawera .
Dramatic colour of craters and volcanic rock.
We walked up the short climb to the trig station.
Dramatic view across to snow capped Mt Ruapahu, and Whakaari White Island.
The craters amazing colour dramatic. Then back on helicopter to Rotorua lake landing
Highly recommend.
Written 16 August 2020
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Volcanic A
Thank you very much for the feedback and for travelling with us. We really enjoy showcasing our amazing backyard to our locals
Written 21 August 2020
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BunnyRoo
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK54 contributions
This is how the Gods see the earth!
Mar 2020 • Couples
We initially were interested in the float plane flights but ended up choosing to do the one hour helicopter flight to Tarawera. When we checked in we found that the others due to fly with us had cancelled so it was just three of us. Brian was our pilot. He was very professional, helpful and informative. We saw the waterfall, the lakes, the geothermal pools, the volcanos - everything! Landing on Mt Tarawera was fantastic. The landing itself was very smooth, then we were out and walking up to the summit. The view was breathe taking. We could see for miles in every direction. Brian kindly took photos of us which all turned out well - a perfect record of an unforgettable hour. Thank you.
Written 7 March 2020
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Volcanic A
Thank you for your review, and we are so happy you had an enjoyable and memorable flight with us!
Written 23 May 2020
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Alan G
Mount Barker, Australia44 contributions
Another top flight
Apr 2019 • Couples
Excellent pilot and guide combined. See crater and surrounds from above , plus the added benefit of a crater landing , Fly over mud pools and thermal lakes ,great way to see the unbelievably colours in the lakes
Written 28 April 2019
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VA_Rotorua
Thank you Alan for your review. Great to hear you had an amazing flight with us.
Written 18 June 2019
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tfortatiana
London, UK26 contributions
Amazing views and customer service
Originally I booked the White Island Heli tour with volcano landing and walking. Got the departure time confirmed and arrived on time at 8.30am. Very friendly stuff explained that we were waiting for 2 more people (offered a free coffee at a nice cafe nearby). About 30 mins later I was told that the couple we were waiting for had cancelled the tour and I had to wait till the next flight in the afternoon (time to be confirmed later in the day). I didn’t mind as luckily nothing else was planned for day. At 12.30pm got a call saying the next flight would be at 1pm to mount Tarawera and I was welcome to take that flight as well as the White Island tour later in the afternoon. It was extremely kind of the stuff to offer that! Again, luckily my hotel was a 10 min walk from the pick up place.

Mount Tarawera tour was shorter and literally included landing and a 15 min walk. Obviously stunning views!

The White Island tour was a lot more scenic and lasted longer (around an hour walk), naturally due to an extremely unusual landscape (looked like we landed on Mars!:)

Our pilot Rachael demonstrated very good knowledge of the landscape / history /etc I enjoyed every second !

Totally recommend the experience !
Written 8 February 2018
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