White Island Helicopter Adventures
From $1175 per person (minimum numbers apply)
Please allow ( Allow 3.5 – 4.00 hours )
This flight is co-shared with Frontier Helicopter Whakatane.
Come with us on an unforgettable and breathtaking journey to New Zealand's only active marine volcano. Your adventure starts with a 30 minute flight from Taupo to Whakatane Airport past the beautiful Rotorua lakes and Mt Tarawera.
Upon your arrival at our office located at the Whakatane Airport, you will be greeted by our friendly team of staff who will provide you with the safety information needed to ensure your flight experience is one you won’t forget.
Your flight then departs again by helicopter for a 20 minute informative flight to White Island situated across the sea directly north of the town of Whakatane, located in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Shortly after departing from our hangar you will pass overhead the dormant volcano called Whale Island or Moutohora. Often during the summer months you will also get the opportunity to view whales, sharks, pods of dolphins and even sunfish, which frequent the sparse ocean area between Whale Island and White Island.
As you fly towards White Island, the volcano grows in stature until you are high above it circling in full awe of its spectacular presence. The view from the helicopter is absolutely unmatched, providing a superb platform for strategic aerial photographing of White Island's unique geological formations, colours and raw power.
Your experienced pilot / guide will then gently set you down on the floor of the crater for your one hour guided tour of the volcano. The walk takes you on a visual spectacle surrounded by the constant noise of active fumoroles scattered throughout the confines of the crater.
You will then venture across the crater floor, crossing over small streams, you stand on the edge of the crater-lake, pass around crater bay and through the remains of the sulpur factory before returning to the helicopter. Once airborne again, you will have yet another opportunity to view the volcano from above and take more amazing aerial photographs before your journey back to Whakatane.
Upon landing at Whakatane Airport you will once again be met by our friendly team who will show you the photos your pilot / guide has taken during your White Island Volcanic Adventure, after refreshments you will start your 30 minute flight back to Taupo.
More about White Island
White Island is privately owned and was declared a private scenic reserve in 1953 and is subject to the provision of the Reserves Act 1977. Visitors cannot land without permission or remove or disturb any wildlife and must leave only their footprints.
The waters surrounding White Island are well known for their fishing. Yellowtail kingfish abound all year round, and there is deep water fishing for hapuka and bluenose (type of warehou) in the winter and blue, black and striped marlin and yellowfin tuna in the summer.