A helicopter ride over Taupo by Mark Sukhija

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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Further reading

New Zealand - places not to miss - Recommended places to visit in and around New Zealand

New Zealand - Wai O Tapu - Information on and about Wai O Tapu (Geyser Wonderland) near Rotorua in New Zealand

New Zealand - The Buried Village - Information on and about the Buried Village near Rotorua in New Zealand

Rotorua - Tamaki Maori Village - A welcome at the Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua on the north island of New Zealand

New Zealand - The Waitomo Caves - A brief history of the Waitomo Caves on the North Island of New Zealand

Hawkes Bay - a wine tour - Travelogue from a wine tour in the Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand

Hawkes Bay - where to (and not to) stay - Recommendations on where to and not to stay in Napier and Havelock North in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Hawkes Bay trip - facts and figures - Facts and figures about our trip to Napier and Hawkes Bay in New Zealand

New Zealand travel plan - 2009 - Plan for a trip to New Zealand in 2009

Napier - Art Deco building - An Art Deco façade in the city of Napier in New Zealand

New Zealand - Official website of New Zealand Tourism

About Mark Sukhija

Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook