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White Island Helicopter Flight and Volcano Walking Tour

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    What to Expect
    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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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Memorial Drive, Memorial Dr, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional pilot-guide
    • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
    • Entry/Admission - White Island Volcano
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Excellent morning visit to White Island on a shiny new helicopter piloted by Sam, who was also our guide on the walk round the island. Weather couldn’t have been any better for flying with zero cloud cover, warm sun although the wind was cold so be prepared. Helicopter took
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    Response from Volcanic A, Helicopter Pilot at White Island Helicopter Flight and Volcano Walking Tour
    Responded 1 week ago
    Hey guys! Thanks for the kind review, we lucked out on the weather didn't we! Glad to hear you enjoyed your tour, and I hope you had an awesome holiday. Take care. Sam :)
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    This is the most amazing trip you could ever take a must do event. I cannot think of anymore friendly and helpful staff, from start to finish it was a very professional run organisation from office staff to our pilot. Our tour on the island was led by the pilot and he was
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    Response from Volcanic A, General Manager at White Island Helicopter Flight and Volcano Walking Tour
    Responded 17 Sep 2019
    Thank you for flying with us. We are happy you enjoyed your flight and our friendly staff!
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    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 used to live on the island, depend on irregular
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    Response from VA_Rotorua, General Manager at White Island Helicopter Flight and Volcano Walking Tour
    Responded 28 Jul 2019
    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 landing on Mt Tarawera. The contrast between an active and dormant volcano is unique.
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    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 area and the
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    Response from VA_Rotorua, General Manager at White Island Helicopter Flight and Volcano Walking Tour
    Responded 17 Jun 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!
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    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 a postage stamp of a
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 3h
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    • Languages Offered: English
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