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Volcanic Air
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US$143.89*
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15-Minute Crater Lakes Flight by Helicopter from...
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: We offer you an extensive range of scenic helicopter flights and scenic floatplane air tours.Land on the active Volcano of White Island or our dormant Volcano Mt Tarawera.View from above the dramatic and spectacular destination of Rotorua. The main theme of our scenic flight tours is to showcase the many crater lakes, volcanic and geothermal landscape of the region Rotorua and Bay of Plenty.
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Oh, my god! This is an adventure for the adventuresome. We boarded the Volcano Helicopters bird located on a tiny piece of marina pier just across the park from our Novotel Rotorua Lakeside Hotel.

It was a beautifully clear day as we took off due west over the lake and rolling hills. Once we got over the ocean we were able to spot a school of dolphins not far from our destination. About a half an hour into the flight we see a mountain rising out of the ocean although it is not much more than a large cinder cone with one side missing and steam rising from its' shielded side.

As we approached it, the pilot indicated where he was going to land which to us seemed almost like putting a 747 down on a helicopter pad! We made the landing so I guess the pilot had done this before. Near the landing site, there were several ground sensors and a weather station. These were put there by the owners in order to assure the visitors safety.

The landing location was near the open end of the island and the ground quite sandy but firm. This area actually lead to a beach open to the ocean where there was relics of the islands day of being a Sulfur mining operation. Miners would heat there lunches by wrapping them up and putting them under the sand by about 10 inches (the outflow of the volcano keeps the layer of sand under the surface at about 120 degrees F. although we didn't feel that heat until digging down a few inches.

Our pilot issued us gas masks as we made our way toward the smoke (about 200 yards away) sheltered end of the island noting that the sulfur in the air as we got closer could cause us some discomfort although it would not have any long term affects if we did inhale some of the vapor. About midway to the main 'pool', we encountered some bubbling mud pots. as we got closer to the main 'pool' we donned our masks (if only for a few minutes) as some sulfur vents were mighty strong.

The main 'pool' was a pond of roughly 75 yards by 120 yards, bubbling and steaming like a thick stew gravy on steroids. Surprisingly this area did not have a lot of sulfur vapor and masks were not needed.

As we made our way back to our awaiting whirly bird, we learned of the islands past history and tradgedy which had befallen the sulfur miners here. Fascinating story and history.

As we boarded our helicopter for the return trip, I couldn't help but feel privileged to have visited this unique Island and lived to tell about it!

Thank Bob F
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VA_Rotorua, Front Office Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Volcanic Air, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Bob,

Thank you for leaving such a wonderful and informative review of our White Island trip, it really is a once in a life time experience. It sounds like you had a fantastic time.

Kind regards,
The Volcanic Air Team

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

Simmon our pilot was great . Very knowagable and flew the plane oh so great . His landing was as smooth as glass. The view and narrative was wonderful don't miss this change.

Thank MnWonderer
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