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Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing

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Hover above Mt Tarawera on a helicopter tour with a landing that includes a short, 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. Soar above the Northern Lakes district as you take off from Rotorua.
  • Mt. Tarawera helicopter flight and walking tour from Rotorua
  • Take a guided walk on Mt. Tarawera
  • Listen to insights about the terrain from the knowledgeable pilot
  • Enjoy panoramic views of volcanic terrain
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Commentary on board
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Lakefront Drive, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

Rotorua City Lakefront

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Stop At:  
Mt. Tarawera
Land at our dormant volcano and view some out most beautiful lakes
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Volcanic Air Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing.

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New Zealand's mini Grand Canyon
, Oct 2020
Incredible trip well looked after by pilot. Amazing place and the size of the rift is a must see. A lot of work done by local iwi to clean up noxious weeds etc. Mt. Tarawera looks great.
Excellent trip !!
, Oct 2020
All staff were friendly and helpful Pilot was knowledgeable and very informative the whole experience was memorable
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Great to hear you had a good trip and thank you for the review:)
, Mar 2020
Wow oh wow fantastic, This wa just amazing, Sam the pilot was graet and so knowledgeable, Will never forget this awesome experience
icon Response from Host , May 2020
Thank you, and we are delighted you had an awesome experience
This tour was one off my highlights...
Katrina L
, Jan 2018
This tour was one off my highlights. It was so amazing from the views to the flight, which was very smooth. The scenery was beautiful and the pilot was very informative. This tour is so worth the money and the staff were all great to deal with.
Great Tour !! View is amazing and the...
, Dec 2015
Great Tour !! View is amazing and the pilot was really friendly.

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