• Tour code: 5222TOUR38
  • Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

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Fly over volcanic domes and caldera lakes on a Mt Tarawera helicopter flight from Rotorua. This 1-hour adventure includes a landing at Hells Gate for a 30-minute guided walking tour of the geothermal reserve. Hover above Mt Tarawera's volcanic rift zone for spectacular aerial views, then come up close to steaming hot pools as your pilot-guide provides expert commentary on the area’s geology, history and Maori legends.


  • 1-hour Mt Tarawera helicopter tour and Hells Gate guided walk, from Rotorua
  • Enjoy spectacular aerial views of Mt. Tarawera's volcanic rift zone
  • See thermal activity up close on a 30-minute guided walk around Hells Gate, Rotorua’s hottest thermal reserve
  • Learn about the geology, history, and Maori legends of the area from your expert pilot-guide
  • Get great photos of Rotorua and Mokoia Island from the air
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Rotorua hotels included

What You Can Expect

Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Guided Walking Tour of Hells Gate Geothermal Reserve

Helicopter View of Crater Lakes, Rotorua

After hotel pickup in Rotorua 15 minutes before your scheduled flight, you’re transferred to the lakefront helipad to begin your 1-hour Mt Tarawera helicopter tour. Buckle in and take off from Lake Rotorua as your pilot expertly maneuvers the helicopter above the city and heads east toward the distant peaks of the volcano.

Soar over Lake Tarawera before circling the vast volcanic crater system of Mt Tarawera, created by the cataclysmic 1886 eruption, which destroyed the Pink and White Terraces. You’ll appreciate one-of-a-kind aerial views from your vantage point in the sky as the pilot points out distinctive geological features of the lunar-like landscape, including caldera lakes and volcanic domes.

Descend into Hells Gate — known as Tikitere to the the Maori people — a geothermal reserve whose English name was coined after playwright George Bernard Shaw noted that the bubbling pools must surely be the gateway to hell. 

Upon landing, embark on a 30-minute guided walk around Rotorua’s hottest thermal park. Stroll at a leisurely pace to hot lakes, ancient cooking pools and a mud volcano whose mineral-rich clay the Maori traditionally harvested for its healing powers.

Then board the helicopter for your return flight, zooming over Mokoia Island before landing at Lake Rotorua where your return vehicle whisks you back to your hotel.

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