From the first experience of flight in either a helicopter or floatplane through to the thrill of exploring our stunning lakes district, vibrant geothermal reserves and remarkable volcanoes, Volcanic Air have an option for everyone.
Helicopter options include landing on New Zealand’s summit of Mount Tarawera is awe inspiring. This is the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory and standing on the summit commands stunning views of the volcanoes massive craters and the surrounding lakes district and national parks.
Our Crater Lakes flight offers amazing views of our hidden lakes district from above. Departing our city lakefront helipad we climb eastbound to view the lakes of Tikitapu (Blue Lake) , Rotokakahi (Green Lake), Okareka, Tarawera and Okataina. These stunning crater lakes are surrounded by native forests and pastoral lands, hidden from the city by our volcanic terrain only an aerial perspective reveals the true beauty of this region. Returning to the Lakefront our descent takes us across the shores of the Lake Rotorua offering views of the city prior to landing.
Combine the thrill of landing on Mount Tarawera with a flight that includes spectacular aerial views of our stunning crater lakes, the renowned Tarawera Falls and the vibrant Waimangu and Wai-O-Tapu geothermal reserves. This tour highlights these amazing features unique to this region because of their location on our Faultline relative to the Pacific Rim of Fire.
This unique experience combines spectacular aerial views of our crater lakes, national parks and Mount Tarawera with the renowned 4WD and walking tour of this iconic volcano by Kaitiaki Adventures. Share in the regions unique history, culture and scenery by land and air with well informed and passionate local guides. The walking portion of this tour can be demanding and it is recommended for those who are active and relatively fit. ( not suitable young children)
Fly to the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory. Landing on Mount Tarawera offers a privileged view of spectacular craters and domes formed by the 1886 eruption. Here you will enjoy an interesting commentary based on the region’s history, culture and geology. Flights to and from the volcano take in expansive views of our stunning Lakes District, National Parks and a view of Mount Tarawera from above!
From volcanoes to waterfalls This day trip features vistas not found anywhere else in New Zealand, if not the world.
This Heli walk combines landing on Mount Tarawera with a half-day hiking to the Tarawera Falls.
From Rotorua, your helicopter crosses the Lakes District to Mount Tarawera. From the peak of this dormant volcano, you can see the Bay of Plenty, Lake Tarawera, the surrounding National Parks, and the volcano’s huge craters.
Your helicopter will transport you to Tapahoro on Lake Tarawera, where your journey begins. This self-guided hike follows the gin-clear Tarawera river beneath imposing bluffs towering over native New Zealand forest. The hike continues past more and more impressive cascades until you arrive at the main fall flowing unbelievably from the middle of a cliff through a passage carved in time to create one of the most intriguing waterfalls in New Zealand. Picnic and swim in the river’s pools along the route.
The climb, including the return walk to Tapahoro, takes 3.5 hours at a moderate pace. At Tapahoro, you’ll meet the Totally Tarawera team for your return boat journey across Lake Tarawera to the Tarawera outlet before your vehicle transfer back to the Rotorua Lakefront.
Experience “Volcanic Extremes” by flying over the active crater of “Whakaari” White Island and landing on the now-dormant, but still incredibly magnificent peak of Mount Tarawera.
Both of these volcanoes are significant, Whakaari for its deadly 2019 eruption and Mount Tarawera for its far greater 1886 eruption, which is considered to be the greatest in living memory in New Zealand. Whakaari is an active coastal volcano whose activity varies daily, whereas Mount Tarawera towers magnificently over the North Island’s core area from far inland. Craters and domes in the now dormant mountains are relics of the huge eruption that formed this region. In addition to the deep craters of the volcanoes, the peak of the Mountain offers impressive views of the surrounding country.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley, breathtaking crater lakes, abundant agricultural, forestry, and horticultural fields, and distant national parks are also visible from the air. This region’s distinct range of landscapes is rooted in a rich culture and fascinating history.
A 1 hour and 25 minute scenic flight plus a 20-minute walking tour to Mount Tarawer’s peak.
Leaving Wai-O-Tapu we descend to follow the Waikato River to the hidden valley of Orakei Korako. Once landed, you will ferry across the river and begin your land based tour. Experience hot springs, gushing geysers and the natural beauty of this geothermal wonderland. Your return flight takes in views of farmland and the Paeroa mountain range before flying over Rotorua City and returning to our lakefront pier.
This tour is approximately 2.5-3 hours in duration, includes approximately 20-minute landing on Mount Tarawera and 1-1.5 hours touring the valley. Also includes check in and briefing.