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Take advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to land and walk in the crater of New Zealand's most active volcano.

Words cannot express the experience that is walking on the active crater floor of White Island. The unique lunar landscape is an integral part of the Pacific ring of fire. This active volcano is located 52 kilometers off the Bay of Plenty coastline. White Island (or Whakaari as it was named by the Maori before Europeans arrived) is New Zealand’s most active volcano and was once home to factory workers who mined the Island for sulfur. Ruined remains of this hard life still exist today.

This continuously active volcano, with sulfur-lipped fumaroles, active volcanic vents, steaming Crater Lake, bubbling mud pools, hot streams and desolate mining ruins provides a surreal experience. You will feel like you are walking on a different planet. Tour ends at the original departure location.

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Aerius Helicopters
Discover New Zealand’s most active volcanoe on a White Island helicopter flight from Tauranga. Fly over to White Island, one of the islands in the Pacific Ring of Fire off the Bay of Plenty. With the blades of your helicopter whirring overhead, hear live commentary from your pilot via your headset earphones. Fly along the island’s rugged coastline. See flocks of birds flying over the sulfur-yellow landscape and watch the waves for marine life.
  • Enjoy fantastic aerial views
  • Multiple departure times and locations available
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Scenic helicopter flight
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Reviewed 11 May 2018
Once in a lifetime experience !

As i made my way to the airport i was greeted with a friendly smile by the team from Aerius Helicopters, a safety briefing was given and then we made our way to the Helicopter "the squirrel" i myself had never been on a helicopter...More

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Aerius-Helicopters, Manager at Aerius Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Hi X4924DDnicolek, Thank you so much for your detailed review of your White Island trip. Glad you enjoyed.

Reviewed 24 April 2018
A "you will never regret experience"

It was spectacular! I have been on the island before but the experience flying it is so much better. the landscapes are breathtaking. Definitely, a Must Do experience!

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Aerius-Helicopters, Manager at Aerius Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Hi Ana, Thank you for your review. We are so glade you enjoyed your White Island experiance with Aerius Helicopters

Reviewed 20 April 2018

amazing, once in a lifetime experience. We had Dave as our pilot and guide. He was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does

Thank Katinyo
Aerius-Helicopters, Manager at Aerius Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2018

Hi Katinyo, Thank you for your kind words regarding Dave and your tour of White Island.

Reviewed 25 January 2018
Amazing Volcano Adventure

Our pick up was right outside waiting for us when we got off the ship. He was very careful explaining all the rules of safety. It was a beautiful flight over to the volcano we saw some schools of fish down below us. It was...More

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Aerius-Helicopters, Manager at Aerius Helicopters, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2018

Hi Olemiss, Thank you for your review. White Island is a very interesting place and I am glad you enjoyed your flight and tour.

Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile
Bucket List

This was amazing!!! Loved it, ticked this one off the bucket list. Dave was great, very knowledgeable. Recommend doing this tour with Dave and Aerius.

Thank Sarah R
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