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Guided Tour of Mount Tarawera by Helicopter with Volcanic Summit Walk

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Fly over Waimangu in a helicopter, witness the Mount Tarawera summit, and learn the history of the geothermal land on this 1-hour guided tour.


  • Marvel at geothermal wonders on a helicopter ride over Whakarewarewa Valley and trek to Mount Tarawera’s peak with a guide on the Volcanic Adventure.

  • Relish aerial views of geysers, steaming cliffs, crater lakes, and Tarawera Falls at Waimangu and Wai-O-Tapu from a chopper.

  • Land on Mount Tarawera and enjoy a 15-20 minute guided walk to the summit, surrounded by the site of the largest recorded eruption in New Zealand.

  • Discover the geothermal valley's history, geography, and culture with fascinating commentary from the guide.

  • Fun Fact: Māori lure says that the Goddesses of Fire Te Hoata and Te Pupu created the volcanos, hot springs, and geysers on their path through Whakarewarewa Valley.


  • Helicopter flight over Waimangu

  • Guided walk to Mount Tarawera summit

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 72 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Whakarewarewa Valley, home to the Māori people for centuries, is known for its unparalleled hot and bubbling geothermal landscape. It is home to lakes, national parks, waterfalls, and the grand Mount Tarawera, which erupted in 1886, giving rise to Waimangu in the Rotorua region. For those waiting to explore New Zealand’s hottest attractions, this Volcanic Adventure is for you!

Helicopter Flight Over Geothermal Reserves

Hop onto a helicopter and soar like a bird above the fascinating scenery. Learn of the pink and white terraces that once stood here, and uncover the exciting features that remain. Look below at the spectacular views of crater lakes like the Inferno Crater Lake, flanked by hot pools. Admire the 65-meter-tall Tarawera Falls, and notice the vibrant cliffs of the Waimangu and Wai-O-Tapu reserves along the Pacific Rim of Fire.

Mount Tarawera Summit

Land on Mount Tarawera and enjoy high-altitude views of the natural lakes and waterfalls. Follow your guide up to the summit on a 15-20 minute leisurely walking tour. Hear the legends surrounding the volcanic region and observe vibrant biodiversity on the journey to the top. At the peak, experience the thrilling 360-panoramic landscape, offering the perfect opportunity for an unforgettable photograph!

Important Information

  • Tour duration, flight timings, and landings may be subject to changes during unpredictable weather conditions or volcanic activity.

  • It is recommended to wear sturdy walking shoes for the mountainous terrain and a jacket or other appropriate attire for higher altitudes.

  • Photography is permitted without flash and tripods.

  • A minimum level of physical fitness and mobility is required for the walking tour.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the meeting point.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at Volcanic Air.

  • Address: City Lakefront Lakefront Drive, Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand.

Get Directions to the Meeting Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Rotorua Hospital - North (Pukeroa Street). It is a quick 7-minute walk to the meeting point.

  • Board bus #1 or #6 to get you there.

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