Volcanic Heli Hike



Tour Code: 6D

From lofty volcanic heights to a magical waterfall, this extraordinary day out showcases a variety of scenery not found anywhere else in New Zealand – “if not the world”.


This Heli hike has no comparison, it combines the thrill of landing on the summit of Mount Tarawera with a half day hike following the crystal-clear waters of the Tarawera river to the remarkable Tarawera Falls.


Departing Rotorua your helicopter takes you across our stunning lakes district to land on the summit of Mount Tarawera. This dormant volcano is the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory and offers sweeping views of the Bay of Plenty, Lake Tarawera, the surrounding National Parks and of course the volcanoes massive craters. Next, your helicopter will relocate you to Tapahoro Bay on the shores of Lake Tarawera, where your hike begins.


This hike is self-guided (you are provided with a GPS unit) along a clearly formed track following the gin clear Tarawera river. Walking under imposing bluffs and native New Zealand forest, the hike continues past a series of more and more impressive cascades until you arrive at the main fall which flows out from the middle of a cliff (making this undoubtably one of the most intriguing waterfalls in New Zealand). Stop at the base of the falls to enjoy your picnic lunch and a refreshing swim.


Retrace your steps back to Tapahoro Bay where you will meet the Totally Tarawera team for your return boat transfer across beautiful Lake Tarawera. They will then provide a road transfer back to the Rotorua Lakefront.


The hike is about 7 km total and can be completed in a leisurely 3.5 hours.


Duration: Allow 6.5 Hours

Location: All tours depart from Lakefront Drive, Rotorua City Lakefront

Requirements: This tour operates with a minimum of 2 fares.

Safety: A full safety briefing will be provided at the Volcanic Air Base. All passengers will be required to be weighted in order to ensure proper weight distribution in the aircraft.



• Helicopter flight to and landing on Mount Tarawera

• Helicopter transfer to Tapahoro (Lake Tarawera)

• Scenic boat transfer from Tapahoro to the landing Lake Tarawera

• Return vehicle transfers to the Rotorua City Lakefront



• Lunch box including a beverage (non alcoholic) is $35pp

• Gourmet picnic lunch $95pp

• Hiking guide , POA

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To make a booking for travel within the next 24 hours, please call our office direct on +64 7 348 9984 or 0800 800 848.