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Shore Excursion: Fly by Plane or Helicopter over Volcano's with Kiwifruit Orchard Cart Tour

Fly by light aircraft over two volcanos & the Rotorua lakes. See an amazing volcanic landscape on this flight of discovery!
This captivating tour combines aerial views of the region’s most renowned scenic highlights from above. You will fly out from the coast 48km to New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano 'White Island' and then inland to Mount Tarawera the scene of an horrific eruption in 1886!
Experience the beauty of Rotorua's lake district, the peaks and craters of Mount Tarawera & then view the Bay of Plenty's vast Kiwi fruit orchards by air.
Alternatively take a helicopter flight to White Island and land inside the volcano for a walking tour!
Afterwards experience a guided 45 minute kiwifruit cart tour journey through the orchards, to learn the history and experience this wonder fruit with taste testing of the different varieties plus jams, juices and a complementary homemade kiwi fruit ice cream.
Truly a day to remember.

Duration 6 hours
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  • What's included :
    • Pilot to Guide/tour you
    • Kiwifruit orchard cart tour & guide
    • Headsets onboard helicopter to hear the pilot/guide clearly
    • Port pickup and drop-off with professional driver/guide
    • Airport/Departure Tax
    • Landing and facility fees
    • Transport in small group luxury vehicle
    • Local homemade Kiwifruit ice cream
    • Entry/Admission - White Island Volcano
    • Entry/Admission - Te Puia
    • Entry/Admission - Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley
    What's excluded :
    • Personal expenses
  • Join us on a opportunity of a lifetime to fly over active volcanos, lakes & a geothermal landscape's.
    Here's your chance to fly over the crater of New Zealand's most active volcano! 
    And the scene of the devastating eruption of Mount Tarawera along with viewing Kiwi Orchards as far as the eye can see!
    Your tour starts at the Port of Tauranga, where we will be waiting at the port gates. From here we first take you on a sightseeing tour of Mount Manuaganui the area where your ship has docked. Take in the beautiful surroundings, bustling coffee shops, small designer boutiques and white sandy beaches, after a drive through the countryside we board your light aircraft for a flying tour of two of New Zealand's prominent Volcano's! After take off you head out over the coast heading for “White Island Volcano”, during the flight, keep your eyes peeled for sea life such as whales & dolphins, once at White Island soak up the aerial views above the crater.
    This continuously active volcano, with sulphur-lipped fumaroles, active volcanic vents, steaming Crater Lake, bubbling mud pools, hot streams & desolate mining ruins combined create a surreal experience. 
    We head back to coastline & on to Rotorua's lakes district, you fly over Mount Tarawera, this is the scene where the mountain was ripped apart in 1886 by a massive eruption destroying what was said to be the eighth natural wonder of the world the “Pink & white Terraces". 
    Flying back to the airport you pass over the endless kiwifruit orchards of Te Puke!
    Once back on land we make our way to our next attraction, after just a short drive we will arrive at working kiwifruit orchard. Here we take a 45 minute Kiwifruit orchard tour on themed cart ride with full commentary from one of the orchards official guide's. You will learn how the unique combination of climate and soils allows them to grow the world's healthiest fruit - Kiwifruit. Stops along the way gives you the opportunity to see the fuzzy little fruit growing while learning a little knowledge about why this fruit thrives here!  Walk under the vines and get up close to the growing fruit. Learn how this wondrous fruit became established here in New Zealand which, surprisingly, it's not a native plant but an interesting story explains all!  At the end of your tour you will be invited to taste-test different varieties of this fruit plus jams, juices, and much more. 
    Also included in the tour, you will be treated to a complementary local homemade kiwi fruit ice cream, perfect for a hot summer day.  
    Helicopter Flight with Landing Tour option:
    Change from Light aircraft flight to helicopter flight with landing on White Island for a walking tour on the active volcano!
    You fly in a helicopter, Land & walk on the luna like surface with you pilot as a guide! then take off again heading back to the airport to continue on to the kiwifruit orchard Tour.
  • Departure Point :
    • The Port of Tauranga!  • We will be waiting for you at the port gate's with a name board with your name on it!  • We wear grey shirts with lime green logo!
    Departure Time :
    If your ship docks before 07.15am the tour departure time will be 08.15am For ships docking between 07.15am - 08.15am tour departure time will be 09.00am  For ships docking between 08.15am - 09.15am tour departure time will be 10.00am For ships docking between 09.15am - 10.15am tour departure time will be 11.00am   For ships docking between 10.15am - 11.15am tour departure time will be 12.00am Pick-up is from the port directly and dependent upon time of arrival of your cruise ship! Pick-up time will be confirmed 30 days from date of tour. And updated 24-48 hours before if needed!
    Return Detail :
    Pick up location at the Port of Tauranga!
    Hotel Pickup :

    Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This Is a Pre Booked Tour only!
    • No sales on the day of the tour!
    • Ensuring a quick departure for you!
    • All vehicles are modern manufactured 2017/18 vehicles with duel air-conditioning uv protection glass and meeting the highest safety standards.
    • Pick up time will be sent to you after booking confirmation, dependent on arrival time and departure time of your ship
    • Pick-up is from the port directly and dependent upon time of arrival of your cruise ship!
    • Pick-up time will be confirmed 30 days from the date of tour (or upon booking if within 30 days).
    • Light aircraft two volcano's tour:
    • A scenic flight over White Island is an unforgettable experience. Departing daily, we initially fly over Moutohora, Whale Island, an extinct volcano that is now a wildlife refuge. Then on to White Island. You'll smell volcanic gasses as we fly over the mud & ash soaked crater. Looking down into the volcano offers an incredible view of the sulphur vents, bubbling mud and acid lakes which must be seen from above to be appreciated.
    • Plus:
    • Mount Tarawera. The volcano responsible for New Zealand's largest historic eruption. Fly inland to New Zealand’s amazing volcanic region. Prior to 1886 known for the Pink and White Terraces. Once one of the seven wonders of the world. Take a breathtaking view of the 25km long Mt Tarawera crater with one of our scenic flights. We’ll show you the wonderful Waimangu Thermal Valley, Rotorua Lakes District, Mt Putauaki and Matahina Hydroelectric Dam.
    • Guaranteed to impress!
    • This tour is suitable for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
    • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
    • Infants travel free
    • Infant seats available if requested at time of booking
    • Subject to weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
    • Flight in helicopter to White Island with Landing in White Island & tour by pilot then vehicle transport to Kiwifruit orchard tour:
    • Fly to and land on New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano White Island. Arriving overhead the volcano enjoy aerial views of the active crater before landing on this lunar like surface. Here embark upon a leisurely guided tour of the island's crater floor to view active steam vents 'fumaroles', hot streams, vibrant sulphur formations and the steaming crater. This landscape is constantly changing as the activity forms new features and removes old ones. The Crater Lake changes in depth and temperature so that from one day to the next the landscape is different.
    • Part of our tour includes a walk through crumbling mining ruins to view the weathered remains of what was a working factory built in 1923 and abandoned in 1933. Tours on this privately owned volcano are conducted by your pilot / guide whose wealth of knowledge about the island's history and geology enhances the experience.
    • A minimum of 2 are required per booking
    • A maximum of 11 people allowed per booking
    • Helicopter tour with landing tour: Children must be accompanied by an adult (not suitable for children under 11)
    • Walking shoes (no open toe sandals)
    • Dress code is casual
    • Subject to weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
    • Due to comfort and balance of the aircraft, the maximum per seat limit is 297 lbs (135 kg)
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.



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Organised by New Zealand Discovery Tours Limited

Activity ID: V-42230P6

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