Helicopter Flight & Landing on White Island Volcano
with Kiwi Fruit orchard Tour
A chance to experience a trip of a lifetime, for cruise ship passengers disembarking at the Port of Tauranga.
Departure Time: 08:30am
This will be adjusted for late arrival cruise ships, pick up/departure time will be confirmed upon booking!
This extraordinary tour/shore excursion of adventure and discovery from the port of Tauranga with a Helicopter flight to an active volcano (White Island) along with a local tour through the kiwifruit orchards of Te Puke stopping at an orchard for a tour of this wondrous fruit.
On arrival at the port, we will meet you just outside the gates.
We first take you on a sight seeing drive of Mount Maunganui where you will see the beautiful coastline and one of the best beaches in New Zealand, see the abundant coffee shops, cafes, small boutiques and breath taking scenery, not forgetting the infamous" Mount" which this area is named after. After leaving the beachfront we head into the countryside as we make our way to your helicopter to experience a scenic flight to New Zealand’s only permanently active offshore volcano!
This tour has a flight in a helicopter with landing in the volcano and guided tour by your pilot.
Soak up the aerial views above the crater before landing on its lunar-like surface. Here embark on a leisurely guided tour of the island's crater floor to view active steam vents (fumaroles), hot streams, vibrant sulfur formations, and the steaming crater itself. This landscape is constantly changing as the activity forms new features and removes old ones. The crater lake changes in depth and temperature from one day to the next.
Walk through crumbling mining ruins to view the weathered remains of what was a working factory from 1923 until it was abandoned in 1933. Tours on this volcano are conducted by your pilot-guide, whose wealth of knowledge about the island's history and geology enhances the experience. Ample opportunity for stunning photographs.
Upon landing back at the mainland your driver/guide for the day will take you to experience the kiwifruit orchards of Te Puke!
Where you will have the opportunity to visit a working kiwi fruit orchard. You will be taken on 45 minute guided tour on board a themed kiwi fruit cart, where you will have the opportunity to see the fuzzy little fruit growing while learning a little knowledge about why this fruit thrives here! You have the chance to 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! This is a stunning opportunity for photographs! 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.