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White Island Helicopter Flight and Volcano Walking Tour

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    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 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.
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    Reviewed July 7, 2019

    We had such a great time flying out to the island, exploring it, etc. as the wind was in the right direction and blew the noxious gases away from us. I can only imagine what life must have been like for the poor miners who...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank travelingconsult2016
    VA_Rotorua, General Manager at Volcanic Air, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Thank you for your feedback and we are so happy you enjoyed our flight. We agree White Island is such an amazing trip, and a once in a lifetime experience to land on an active Volcano. Also great to hear you did the dual volcanic...More

    Reviewed May 2, 2019

    Wow, where to start. Checking in at the office great, the team at volcanic air made us welcome and very comfortable. Sensible safety talk and well balanced. great Pilot and guide Charlotte made the flight and the tour fantastic. Very well informed of the local...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank steve053
    VA_Rotorua, General Manager at Volcanic Air, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2019

    Hello Steve. Thank you for flying with us. Sounds like you had an amazing trip, and great to hear that Charlotte made the flight and tour fantastic!

    Reviewed February 19, 2019

    If this trip isn't on your bucket list you really ought to add it. The whole experience is wonderful. The flight out adds excitement as you approach the island with a classic view of the streaming crater. Our pilot, Charlotte, made a perfect landing on...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank MartinRHor
    Reviewed February 13, 2019

    Thanks Volcanic Air for a wonderful morning at White Island. I have never seen anything like it - it was like walking on the moon. Standing on the edge of a live volcano ticked another item off my bucket list. Sam, our helicopter pilot and...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank annem5223
    Reviewed January 28, 2019

    This was a highlight of our three weeks in New Zealand. White Island is about thirty miles off the coast. It took us forty minutes each way from Rotorua to White Island because we took a detour to pick up another couple at Treetops Lodge....More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank orchard16th
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