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Discover the Sacred History of Mount Tarawera

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One cold starlit night in 1886, the earth around Rotorua began to shake. By around 2:30 am Mount Tarawera's three peaks had split open and were launching tonnes of ash, mud and molten rock over the surrounding landscape. Eyewitnesses later reported that a huge column of fire was seen shooting up into the air with a roar that was heard as far away as Auckland and Christchurch.

One of this country's earliest tourist attractions, the spectacular Pink and White Terraces were on the shores of Lake Rotomahana, below Mt Tarawera. The terraces were the two largest formations of silica sinter – a fine-grained version of quartz – ever known to have existed. They were extraordinarily beautiful and often referred to as "the Eighth Wonder of the World".

Tour of Mt Tarawera

Following the eruption, many villages were completely buried with few or no survivors. It is estimated that about 150 people died. The famed Terraces were also thought to have been completely destroyed however exciting new research has found remnants of them far below the lake's surface.

Evidence of the ancient explosion's violence and power can still clearly be seen today, especially in views from the air. Many of the lakes surrounding the mountain were dramatically altered and the blast left a 17km-long gash running through the mountain. The massive rift runs southwestwards beneath the lake and beyond, creating the world's youngest geothermal area, the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Today this valley is a hotspot of incredible geothermal activity.

A scenic flight of Mt Tarawera and Rotorua lakes is the best way to get a sense of the scale of the explosion and experience nature's awesome power and beauty. Find out more about the options for helicopter tours by Aerius Helicopters, departing from Tauranga Airport.


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Aerius Helicopters features in top attractions in Rotorua region

There are dozens of different ways to experience Rotorua - in fact, the city is a tourist paradise, with myriad attractions competing for the attention of both international and local visitors alike. It takes a lot to cut through the crowd and stand out as an exceptional Rotorua experience, but that’s just what Aerius Helicopters have managed to do.

The company, which provides both scenic and commercial helicopter flights alongside premium package experiences, was recently highlighted in an article that appeared on

The article, which singled out 10 Rotorua attractions that stood head and shoulders above the rest, praised the unique perspective that Aerius is able to provide. Kristof Haines, content editor for Motorhome Republic, said “There are so many tours and attractions in Rotorua that it was really hard to pick just ten, but right from the get go I knew that Aerius Helicopters needed to make the list. They provide visitors with an entirely different viewpoint of this visually striking landscape, which is something that not many others even attempt.”

Mr Haines went on to say that the rich variety offered by an Aerius flight was another factor in the tour company’s top ten inclusion. “Yes, you get to see Rotorua from the air, but you also get a fantastic look at the coastal area around Tauranga and a great view of Mount Tarawera. It’s that diversity that really sets Aerius Helicopters apart.”

Aerius Helicopter flights depart from the beautiful Tauranga area and can take visitors not only over the Rotorua lakes, but along the coast of the sunny Bay of Plenty and even out to White Island, an active volcano set 52 kilometres offshore. Not only do Aerius Helicopters do flyovers of this magnificent smoking island, tourists can even choose to touch down for a crater landing and a tour around the volatile landscape.

The Top 10 can be viewed here


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Go Travel Magazine's latest issue is out now. Click on the link and goto page 106 to read about our White Island tours.


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As we head towards the colder months, the team at Aerius Helicopters can start to relax after what has been a very busy and exciting summer.

Our White Island flights and tours have been a very popular option for many tourists and locals. Everyone is blown away by the experience of White Island.

Local scenic flights and our Mills Reef wine tasting tour have been a hit with the many visitors arriving by cruise ship.

We have flown many brides and grooms to their wedding venues around the Bay of Plenty and even as far as Taupo. We have had a few wedding proposals during our Mayor Island Picnics.

The agricultural and commercial helicopter flights side of the business have been busy. Our most recent commercial job was flying a spa pool into a cliff face property in Tauranga's CBD. Spa delivered in a few minutes without a hitch.

A big thank you to all our customers and look forward to meeting many more in the coming months.


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Aerius Helicopters is excited to announce that we have now secured landing rights for land based tours to White Island from Tauranga! If you would like to explore this fascinating active volcano, get in touch with us today!


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This morning we had to lay four runs of orchard shelter cloth. Each run was 260 meters in length and had to be lifted straight up before it was lowered into place across the orchard. As you can see from the photos its a long way up and you can see the effect the wind has on the cloth. We were told to lay these four rows by hand would normally take them 2-3 days, using the helicopter it took less than an hour.



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In early March Aerius Helicopters were involved with the filming of local movie, The Z Nail Gang.

Based on the mining protests in the Coromandel in the 1980s, the movie trailer can be viewed below.


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