Aerius Helicopters - NZ Travel

Aerius Helicopters

Aerius Helicopters

Aerius Helicopters offer exclusive Bay of Plenty sightseeing, joy rides and helicopter tours.

Whether you are driving a rental car, camper van or arriving on one of the many cruise ships that frequent the Port of Tauranga, we can arrange a helicopter flight to the destinations of your choice.

Explore Tuhua (Mayor Island). This volcano is a wildlife reserve which is host to many of our native birds including the Kiwi. Soar along the unspoilt Coromandel coastline to go kayaking at Cathedral Cove, and diving in an aquatic wonderland. Fly to the Waitomo Caves see one of nature’s most breath-taking spectacles with underground galaxies of glowworms, or combine a helicopter ride to popular New Zealand fishing spots. Each flight is an amazing experience!


Main Office: Hanger 8, Tauranga Airport and Jean Batten Drive, Mount Maunganui.


Transfers: Available from city centre.


Distance From Town: 5km


Operating Hours: During daylight hours on demand. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

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Help Notes:  

All flights subject to weather. No cancellation fee for flights cancelled due to weather.

What to bring: Tramping boots and poles are recommended (if required). A reasonable level of fitness is required.

Tuhua (Mayor Island)


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New Zealand's most unusual Volcano, "Tuhua’ (Mayor Island) Our ½ day guided tramping tour through one of New Zealand’s largest Pohutukawa forests.

This 3 hour walk will take you to the Devils Staircase, the stronghold where tribe would defend the island in battle.

You will see and hear many of our native birds, including nectar-feeding bellbirds and tui, wood pigeons, morepork, fantail, kaka (brown parrot), grey warbler, waxeye, kingfisher and soaring on the thermals, the harrier hawk. The island is also home to the Kiwi bird. A bird watchers paradise.

The island is considered special by Maori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa (New Zealand), partly because of the presence of black obsidian, a volcanic glass created by the rapid cooling of silica-rich lava. Obsidian was prized by early Maori for cutting and scraping tools and weapons and has been found at Maori occupation sites as far afield as Tiwai Point in the south to the Kermadec Islands in the north. The obsidian was called Tuhua by Maori who called the island by the same name.

The name Tuhua has a double significance: it applies to the locality itself and also to its glassy black obsidian. Tuhua was the ancient name for Me'etia Island in the traditional homeland of Hawaiki, which was also a source of obsidian.

The most striking feature of Tuhua’s volcanic history is the diversity of eruption types. Virtually every known style of volcanic eruption is known from this small volcano. These eruptions have included: Hawaiian fire-fountaining, Strombolian explosions, and Plinian falls and ignimbrite.

Minimum Numbers: 2

Maximum Numbers: 15

Suitable for Children: Minimum age is 10 years, under 20 kg cannot be carried due to life jacket restrictions.


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