Embark on a thrilling 3-hour Thermal Explorer helicopter flight and landing experience with Volcanic Air in Rotorua, immersing yourself in Rotorua's awe-inspiring volcanic scenery from above. Departing from the lakefront, your Rotorua helicopter trip includes a scenic flight with spectacular views, a landing on Mount Tarawera summit and a second landing at Orakei Korako Thermal Park for a self-guided walk. To start off your helicopter flight in Rotorua, enjoy a bird's-eye view of Mokoia Island and the picturesque Crater Lakes District. As you soar over the Tarawera outlet, keep an eye out for glimpses of trout spawning in the river before it transforms into the mighty Tarawera Falls. The journey continues towards Mount Tarawera, a dormant volcano that witnessed the largest eruption in New Zealand's recent history in 1886. Your expert Volcanic Air pilot will land on the summit of Mount Tarawera, providing the chance to see its craters and volcanic rifts up close. There will be plenty of time to take photos and enjoy the scenery before taking off for the next portion of your Rotorua helicopter trip. The tour continues by following the 15-kilometre volcanic rift line caused by Mount Tarawera's 1886 eruption from above, concluding at the steaming cliffs and Inferno Crater of Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Witness the vibrant hues of the Artist’s Palette at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Park before your descent over the mighty Waikato River to the hidden valley of Orakei Korako. Upon your second landing, you will catch a short ferry across the Waikato River to reach the Orakei Korako geothermal park. Step into a vibrant geothermal wonderland for a one-hour self-guided tour, where bubbling mud pools, steaming geysers, and colourful silica terraces create a surreal atmosphere. Refresh with a coffee or snack before re-boarding your helicopter for the final leg of the tour. The return helicopter flight to Rotorua offers views of farmland and the Paeroa mountain range, soaring over Rotorua City before gracefully landing at Rotorua lakefront. This immersive three-hour adventure, including a 20-minute landing on Mount Tarawera and a one-hour exploration of the geothermal valley, promises a unique blend of helicopter flights, volcanic wonders, and a memorable journey through some of New Zealand's best geothermal treasures.