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Mount Tarawera Guided Tour by Helicopter with Volcanic Walk from Rotorua

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Delight in aerial sights of geothermal reserves, land on Mount Tarawera, and walk to the top on a 40-minute guided tour.


  • Take a scenic flight over Rotorua’s highlights, land on Mount Tarawera, and explore the summit on a guided trek with the Volcanic Helicopter Tour.

  • Soar over New Zealand’s landscapes on a 40-minute helicopter ride and discover its history, geography, and culture with insights from the guide.

  • Land on the dormant Mount Tarawera and walk up to the summit to see its impressive crater and surrounding panoramas.

  • Return to Rotorua and marvel at the luscious national parks, the Lakes District, and more.

  • Fun Fact: Mount Tarawera’s explosion in 1886 left the ‘Pink and White Terraces’ destroyed, or did it? Now, recent investigations suggest that the stunning terraces may be buried under a nearby lake.


  • 40-minute guided tour

  • Aerial sightseeing over Waimangu geothermal reserve via helicopter

  • Guided walk up to Mount Tarawera’s summit

Cancellation policy

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

Are you ready to float like a bird above New Zealand’s hottest attractions? Then the Volcanic Helicopter Tour to Mount Tarawera has a place for you! A helicopter tour is one of the best ways to see the massive volcano and its steamy surroundings in all its glory. Just strap in and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!

Helicopter Ride Over Geothermal Reserves

Gaze upon picturesque landscapes of national parks, the Lakes District, and impressive volcanoes present in Rotorua. Look out closely to spot craters, geysers, and hot springs at Waimangu, contrasting lush forests and the city landscapes. Uncover the layered history, tribal culture, and evolved geography of the region with captivating commentary from the guide.

Walking Tour Up Mount Tarawera

Arrive on Mount Tarawera and take a moment to appreciate the breathtaking surroundings. Follow the guide up to the summit and examine the cavernous crater of the volcano. One of the major highlights of this volcano is sliding down the broken rock fragments on the cliffs, called the scree. Capture the volcanic landscape flanked by crater lakes and return to the helicopter for a flight back to the city.

Important Information

  • Flight timings, landing, and visibility from Mount Tarawera may vary based on climate conditions and volcanic activity.

  • Closed walking shoes and a jacket are recommended for the walking tour.

  • A moderate fitness level is required to join the walking tour.


  • Bags and packs are not permitted on the tour.

  • Photographs are permitted without flash or tripods.

  • 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 Office.

  • 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 9-minute walk to the meeting point.

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

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