Tours

Helicopter Tours

All prices quoted below are inclusive of a 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST).  

White Island and Mt. Tarawera

Helicopter to White Island and land for an approx. 1-hour guided walk in the crater of New Zealand’s most active volcano. White Island was once home to workers who mined the island for sulphur, and remains of this activity are still visible today. This 3.5-hour trip takes you from Huka Lodge via the Waikato River on to White Island, 25 miles off the Bay of Plenty coast. During your trip you will also have the exclusive opportunity of a breathtaking landing on the summit of Mt. Tarawera, a dormant volcano that last erupted in 1886. Closed and sturdy footwear is recommended. Landing is dependent on weather and levels of volcanic activity.

• NZ$3,985.00 for 1-2 guests.

• NZ$6,262.00 for 3-4 guests.

Picnic lunch optional for NZ$40.00 per guests.

Geothermal Wonderland

Travel north via the famous Huka Falls, following the Waikato River along the volcanic fault line to Wai-O-Tapu and Waimangu – the world’s newest geothermal eco-system. Landing on the rim of the dormant volcano Mt. Tarawera, for a guided walk. Return to the lake edge via some lush farmland and forestry. Flight time 1 hour and 20 minutes.

• NZ$2,536.00 for 1-2 guests.

• NZ$3,871.00 for 3-4 guests.

Hawke’s Bay wine trail by helicopter

Travel over some spectacular scenery to and from Hawke’s Bay and take the opportunity to taste this region’s famous wines. Visit Esk Valley one of Hawke’s Bay’s finest boutique producers and Mission Estate Winery, established in 1851, making it the oldest winery in New Zealand. Enjoy lunch at Te Awa Farm before heading to Selini Estate, whose gourmet food store specialises in top quality products and specialty gift items. Your last stop will be Trinity Hill Estate before returning to Taupo. Lunch, wines and wine tasting is in addition to the prices quoted below.

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Tongariro World Heritage Flight

This 1 hour 20 minute flight takes you south of Taupo into the magnificent Kaimanawa Range wilderness, with the possible sighting of wild horses, red and sika deer. Land next to the world-famous Rangitikei River to view the huge trophy-size Rainbow Trout. Return to the lake edge via the three magnificent volcanoes of the Tongariro World Heritage Park – Mts. Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. These are significant for their cultural history and rare flora and fauna, with magnificent views of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and stunning Emerald Lakes.

• NZ$2,188.00 for 1-2 guests.

• NZ$3,099.00 for 3-4 guests.

Heritage trail

A 30-minute scenic flight starting with the famous Huka Falls and Wairakei Geothermal Power Station region – at the time, only the second geothermal plant in the world to begin commercial operation. Proceeding to Mt. Tauhara – a dormant strato-volcano formed about 65,000 years ago and the Maori rock carvings and the northern shores of Lake Taupo. See the Wairakei Terraces from the air, with cascading silica terraces in blues, pinks and whites, fed by the steaming multi-hued waters of the Alum Lakes.

• NZ$1,094.00 for 1-2 guests.

• NZ$1,607.00 for 3-4 guests.

Waitomo Caves

This 45-minute flight from Huka Lodge takes you around the northern shores of Lake Taupo to the Waitomo Caves and returns via the Waikato River hydro-electric dam system, Wairakei Geothermal Bore Field and Huka Falls.

• NZ$3,200.00 for 1-2 guests.

• NZ$4,554.00 for 3-4 guests.

World in a Day; Pathway of fire carved by time – meets wine culture made by man

Fly north via the famous Huka Falls, following the Waikato River to the Wai-O-Tapu & Waimangu geothermal regions, landing on the rim of the dormant and spectacular volcano Mt. Tarawera, site of the largest eruption in recent history. Travel on to White Island, where you can stand on the edge of a live volcanic crater. Land here, for a guided walk, in the crater of New Zealand’s most active volcano. Ruined buildings and machinery is all that remains to show the hard life endured by factory workers who once mined the island for sulphur. During your flight be on the lookout for dolphins, a common sight in the Pacific Ocean.

Travel to the famous Hawke’s Bay region, land at two wineries, take the opportunity to taste superior New Zealand wines and learn a little about the history of the local viticulture industry. Lunch can be booked at either one of these famous vineyard restaurants or we can take a picnic and land on a remote beach (wines at lunch will be charged to guest account).

Fly west via the beautiful Kaimanawa Forest Park & Mohaka River, search for the famous Kaimanawa wild horses and you may even spot wild deer. Land next to the world famous Rangitikei River and enjoy the wilderness. Return to the Lodge via the volcanic activity areas and craters of the spectacular World Heritage Tongariro National Park and the pristine waters of the Great Lake Taupo.

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Heli-volcanic wonderland & mountain biking mission

Fly north from Huka Lodge by helicopter, via the famous Huka Falls, following the Waikato River to the Wai-O-Tapu and Waimangu geothermal regions, landing on the rim of the dormant volcano Mt. Tarawera.

Travel on to the Te Puia base, in the heart of the geothermal wonderland, where you will be greeted by your guide and transferred by road the last few kilometres before embarking on your mountain biking mission. Enjoy all the beauty of Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest, Rotorua’s premium mountain biking destination. 

Return by road from Rotorua to Huka Lodge, a journey of approx. ?one hour.

Return by helicopter transfer is also available and can be priced on request.

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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Fly north by helicopter over Huka Falls beyond to the plains of the Central Plateau, arriving at ‘Hobbiton’. Take a tour of the movie set used for Sir Peter Jackson’s well known movies based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. View Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and other structures created for these films. Learn how this beautiful part of a 1,250-acre sheep farm was transformed into an extraordinary movie set. Private 2 hour tour included. 3 hours in total

Tours in excess of 3 hour incurs an extra helicopter & pilot waiting fee.

  • NZ$3,700.00 – for 1-2 guests (R44)
  • NZ$5,054.00 – for 3-5 guests (Squirrel)

Central North Island – Stars of nature and the Silver Screen

Departing Huka Lodge we fly south over the pristine Great Lake Taupo and its White Cliffs. Climb to view the summit craters of Mt. Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu, enjoy spectacular views of the Tongariro Crossing, Emerald Lakes and thermal activity of the newly formed Te Maari Crater. These volcanoes are the stars of the ‘World Heritage Tongariro National Park’ and home to many film locations from The Lord of the Rings trilogy including; Mt. Doom and Mordor. Looking back from this vantage point, on a clear day, you will be mesmerized by the panoramic views of the Great Lake Taupo and Central Plateau.

Continue west over the Waikato Plains to our first destination – Hobbiton! Explore this location used for the Peter Jackson movies, The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. View Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and other structures created for these films. Learn how this beautiful part of a 1,250-acre sheep farm was transformed into an extraordinary movie set. This private tour takes 2 hours.

Travel east to White Island off the coast of the Bay of Plenty; have you ever wondered what it is like standing on the edge of a live volcanic crater? Land and take a guided walk, in the crater of New Zealand’s most active volcanos. Ruined remains, testament to the hard life endured by workers, who once mined the island for sulphur, still exist today. During your flight be on the lookout for dolphins, a common sight in the Pacific Ocean.

Departing White Island, fly south to land one last time, on the rim of the dormant and spectacular volcano – Mt. Tarawera, site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s recent memory. Your pilot guide will give you informative commentary during this flight. Leaving Mt. Tarawera, return to the Lodge, soaking up the colourful geo-thermal areas of Wai-O-Tapu & Waimangu, the mighty Waikato River and the famous Huka Falls – this aerial view is not to be missed! 6 – 6½ hours in total. 

Lunch at Hobbiton and the Hobbiton Tour is included in the price. Beverages are not included.

  • NZ$7,653.00 – for 2 guests (R44)
  • NZ$5,054.00 – for 3-5 guests (Squirrel)

Huka Lodge’s exclusive White Island experience

One of the third-generation owners of White Island Peter, James and Andrew Buttle will personally guide our guests during this exclusive tour of New Zealand’s only active marine volcano. 

Purchased by Raymond Buttle in 1933, this private island is an unforgettable experience for those fortunate enough to gain access to its’ dramatic and powerful landscape – forged by the forces of nature over at least 150,000 years.

Guests will depart form Huka Lodge by helicopter and fly across lush farmlands, forests and scenic landscape towards the coast. 

Just 25 miles off the coast of Whakatane lies your destination, White island.

Your tour with a member of the Buttle family will explore all the volcanic beauty and share the stories and sights of White Island. Gourmet lunch, including wine, is included.

At the conclusion of your White Island experience climb aboard your helicopter and retrace your journey back to Huka Lodge. 

  • NZ$17,681.00 – for a maximum of 4 guests (Squirrel)

 

Volcanic wonderland & exclusive multi adventure day out

Includes 2-3 hours of superb mountain biking, extreme Kaituna Waterfall Rafting, a delicious lunch in a local café and a beautiful kayak on Lake Rotoiti, through to the thermal pools only accessible by boat. Suitable 13 years and older.

Fly north from the Lodge, via the famous Huka Falls, following the Waikato River to the Wai-O-Tapu & Waimangu geothermal regions, landing on the rim of the dormant volcano Mt. Tarawera. 

Travel on to our base at Te Puia where you will be met by your guide and driven a few kilometres to Whakarewarewa Forest, one of New Zealand’s premiere mountain biking destinations. 

Select bikes and ride on easier trails to begin with, while your guides assess the perfect tracks for your skill and fitness levels for the remainder of the ride. Choose from incredible single track, beautiful forest back roads or exciting jump tracks – there are over 100kms of purpose-built trails ready for your ride. 

Following mountain biking you can enjoy a cup of hot tea or coffee before making our way within 15 minutes to Okere Falls and your base for the rest of the day. Changing from bike clothes to rafting fleece, wet suits and booties, don our safety equipment and undergo a thorough safety briefing before experiencing one of the most exciting area activities – Waterfall Rafting on the Kaituna River. Only 45minutes on water, this rafting experience is well worth the effort. Raft through stunning river gorges laden with Maori lore and exciting Grade 5+ rapids including 3 waterfalls from 1m, 3m and 7m high – the last being the tallest commercially rafted waterfall in the world! Enjoy a fun surf at the end before returning to base for showers and lunch at a local eco-store brimming with character. 

Continuing to the last leg, don warm fleece and life jackets before unloading kayaks at nearby Lake Rotoiti, paddling approximately 30minutes across scenic waters to a natural thermal hot pool only accessible by water, owned and operated by a local Maori trust. Soak at leisure before returning the 15-20 minutes to Te Puia heli-base. 

Return, by helicopter to the Lodge via some of the spectacular farm and forestland of the central North Island.

NB: This includes; Helicopter transfers, private guide, transport throughout the day in a Landrover Discovery. Price also includes morning tea, café lunch, all mountain biking, rafting and kayaking equipment, as well as hot pool entry. 

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Limousine Tours

We can plan an itinerary to satisfy your requirements and show you some wonderful sights either locally or a 1-2 hour drive away.

Rotorua Tour

A fun day to view Maori culture and unique thermal activity. There are many major attractions to choose from including; Whakarewarewa, Rainbow Springs, the Buried Village, Agrodome Farm Show, beautiful gardens, art galleries, hot natural thermal pools, sheep-shearing demonstrations and wildlife experiences. For lunch, enjoy fine food and a scenic setting at a beautiful lake near Rotorua. Rotorua is situated 1-hour by car, from Taupo.

• Half-day – 4 hours sightseeing (6 hours away from the Lodge)

NZ$1,205.00 – 1-3 guests (3-seater)

NZ$1,302.00 – 4-6 guests (6-seater)

• Full-day – 6 hours sightseeing (8 hours away from the Lodge)

NZ$1,511.00 – 1-3 guests (3-seater)

NZ$1,479.00 – 4-6 guests (6-seater)

Lunch and admission charges to attractions of your choice will be additional.

Napier/Hastings Tour

Take a trip to the ‘Napa Valley’ of New Zealand on the east coast of the North Island. A full-day is needed to visit this rich and fertile land where you can taste some of their award-winning wines, lunch at a well-known vineyard or visit the city of Napier, which has become the Art Deco capital of the world, due to the redevelopment in 1931 following an earthquake. You can walk or travel by vehicle to see the gannets at Cape Kidnappers or visit artists and antique shops.

• NZ$ 949.00 full-day, with wine trail for up to 6 guests.

Admission charges, lunch or wine tastings of your choice will be additional.


farm_landFour-wheel drive farm experience

Join Wally Niederer at Harakeke, a 10-minute drive from the Lodge. Harakeke is a 2300-acre working dairy, sheep and horse farm and provides an excellent taste of rural New Zealand. It is encompassed by lush native trees and bush, inhabited by a variety of birds, deer and wild turkey. Blessed with panoramic views of the volcanoes and lake, this farm experience is not to be missed.

All prices quoted below are inclusive of a 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST).  

Wally will take you on an informative tour of New Zealand farming techniques, see a working dairy, beef and sheep farm and enjoy views of native bush, unique wildlife, wild turkeys, ducks, quail and deer from your four-wheel drive vehicle.

For two or more guests

• NZ$189.00 per guest, with guide for 3 hours.

For one guest

• NZ$257.00 with guide, for 3 hours.