White Island Helicopter Flight and Volcano Walking Tour

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Fly by helicopter to White Island, and slip past steaming volcanic vents and colorful sulfur formations on a guided walking tour. Soaring north from Rotorua over the Northern Lakes district, you’ll enjoy aerial views of the active crater before landing on its lunar-like landscape. Then get out to explore the abandoned mining ruins and fantastical geological features of White Island, the only permanently active offshore volcano in New Zealand.


  • Scenic air tour
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
Take off from Rotorua aboard your helicopter with your experienced pilot-guide. As you soar above the Northern Lakes district, snap photos of the numerous lakes below including Lake Rotorua, Lake Rotoiti and over Hells Gate before crossing the coast.

Situated 31 miles (50 km) offshore from the North Island, White Island lies within the Taupo Volcanic Zone. Its main vent, located below sea level and protected by crater walls, is responsible for the activity in the island’s crater lake. Upon landing on the moon-like surface, start your 1- to 1.5-hour leisurely walking tour of the crater floor to see fumaroles (active steam vents), hot streams and ever-changing features like sulphur formations.

Walk through old mining ruins to view the weathered remains of a factory abandoned in 1933, and hear from your informative guide about the island's history, geology, wildlife and vegetation, such as gannet colonies and the remnants of a once-thriving pohutukawa forest.

On your return flight to Rotorua, take in aerial views of the Bay of Plenty.

Schedule details

Departure Point:
Memorial Drive, Rotorua
3 hours
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

Pricing information

12pm Departure
Code: 12PM

Helicopter tour departs at 12pm, returning approximately 3pm

USD $734.86
9am Departure
Code: 9AM

Helicopter tour departs at 9am, returning approximately 12pm

USD $734.86

Pricing information

White Island Helicopter Flight and Volcano Walking Tour

White Island Volcanic Tour

  • Professional pilot-guide
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Due to comfort and balance of the aircraft, the maximum per seat limit is 297 lbs (135 kg)
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
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Cancellation Policy

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