En route back to Stratford from Rotorua we stopped off at the Helistar office, clearly marked as it was by a huge mounted helicopter at the entrance to the office.
Today the Longranger would take us for a thirty-minute trip would provide us with a clear view of a volcanic crest, fantastic views over Lake Taupo, a stop at thermal activity and fantastic aerial views of The Huka Falls. The front seat of the Longranger also provides a between-your-feet view of the ground.
Helistar provides several different tours ranging from 10 minutes to 2 hours with prices varying accordingly. Our pilot was friendly and informative and quick to put at ease those who hadn't been in a helicopter before.
At over 200NZD per person for the thirty minute trip, this is by no means a cheap trip but is well worth the money. The perfect way to appreciate the natural beauty of the Lake Taupo area and the Huka Falls.
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