Aerius Helicopters

Phone: 0800 864 354
Email: info@aerius.co.nz
Website: www.aerius.co.nz

Unforgettable Scenic Adventures

Join us for an unforgettable scenic helicopter experience!
All flights require a minimum of 2 people.
Flight times are approximate. All flights are subject to weather and weight restrictions.

KAITUNA CUT:
Departing from our helipad at Kiwi 360 you will fly over an array of kiwifruit orchards and farms to the Bay of Plenty coastline. In the distance you will see Mount Maunganui and the white sand beaches of Papamoa. Flying along the coast we pass The Kaituna River mouth, the point where the Kaituna River meets the Pacific Ocean, known by the locals as the Kaituna Cut. On a clear day you can expect to see as far as the Coromandel Peninsula and the North Islands East cape along with the many of our coastal islands including White Island.
Duration: 6 minutes
Departs from Kiwi 360, Te Puke

MOUNT AND CITY:
Experience a different view of Mount Maunganui and Tauranga city. This flight will take you along the white sandy coastline to the Mount Main Beach. Fly around “The Mount” and over Matakana Island on your way to Tauranga city. Sharks and Stingrays are often seen in the shallows during the summer months. This is a great way to see the busy Port of Tauranga, along with the beautiful inner harbour. The Kaimai ranges, Bowentown heads, and Mayor Island are all visible on a clear day.
Duration: 12 minutes.
Departs from Tauranga Airport

MAGIC MAKETU:
View the patchwork of Kiwifruit orchards and farms from above and discover a sacred, ancient Maori fortification site. See the landing point of the historically-significant Te Aroha canoe, run along windswept beaches and untouched wetlands. View the Kaituna River winding its way from Rotorua to the Pacific Ocean. White Island is often visible on the horizon along with many other outer Islands. This flight will leave long-lasting memories; it is a magnificent way to see the beauty of this area.
Duration: 12 minutes
Departs from Kiwi 360 (Te Puke)

PAPAMOA HILLS:
This flight is available from Kiwi 360 Te Puke, or the Tauranga airport. Covering the same sights as our Magic Maketu or Mount and City flights only longer and including more views and features. If departing Tauranga your flight will cover the beaches, around the mount up the inner harbour to Omokoroa before tracking back to the airport via the Papamoa hills, where you will see the remains of Maori Pa sites and the deep valleys carved out of the hills.
If you choose to do this flight from Kiwi 360 Te Puke, then you will take in the views of the long beaches, the outer islands and the Kaituna river before heading along the Papamoa hills where you will see the deep carved valleys and ancient Maori sites.
Duration: 20 minutes.
Departs from Tauranga Airport or Kiwi 360, Te Puke

MOUNT AND MAKETU:
The best of the best, this flight takes in the features of all our shorter flights and combines them into one mega flight. Fly along the white beaches from the Mount main beach to Maketu. Keep an eye out for sharks and stingrays during the warmer months. Turn inland from the coast over the endless Kiwifruit orchards before heading into the Papamoa hills and over the vast Tauranga Harbour. View the busy Port of Tauranga, the many local islands, Kaimai rangers and more.
Duration: 30 minutes.
Departs from Tauranga Airport or Kiwi 360, Te Puke

WHANGAMATA AND WAIHI GOLD MINE:
Fly past the iconic Mount Maunganui as we head along the coast to the isolated Coromandel town of Whangamata. You will see the wind swept beach of Matakana Island along with the vast inner Tauranga harbour. Once we arrive at the Coromandel Coast the beaches are replaced by towering cliffs and secluded bays. From Whangamata we head inland over bush and farm land to the Waihi Gold mine, at 260m deep and nearly 1km wide it is hard to miss. Our flight returns via the Tauranga harbour and Matakana farmlands.
Duration: 40 minutes.
Departs from Tauranga Airport or Kiwi 360, Te Puke

TARAWERA AND ROTORUA LAKES:
Enjoy the views of the Tauranga region before heading over vast expanses of flourishing native and pine forests to the many and varied geothermal areas of the Rotorua. Gaze in awe at the destructive eruption that created a huge gaping chasm in sacred Mount Tarawera and destroyed the 8th wonder of the world – the Pink & White Terraces. Smell the sulphur and see rising steam columns scattered throughout the area.
We return via the beautiful Tarawera Falls and the many Rotorua Lakes. You’ll see the beauty and power of our volcanic landscape from a unique perspective on this amazing flight.
Duration: 50 minutes.
Departs from Tauranga Airport or Kiwi 360, Te Puke

WHITE ISLAND:
White Island is an active volcano in the middle of the sea.
Located 52 kilometres off the Bay of Plenty coastline, White Island is a link in a chain of volcanoes called the Pacific Ring of Fire. Fly around the rugged, unspoilt coastline of this volcanic island, viewing moon-like surfaces, steaming craters, flocks of sea birds and sulphur-yellow landscapes. You will see the remains of the old sulphur works, destroyed by a White Island eruption.
On the return from White Island helicopter, keep your eyes peeled for the abundant sea life such as schools of fish and dolphins.
Duration: 70 minutes.
Departs from Tauranga Airport or Kiwi 360, Te Puke

MILLS REEF WINE TASTING:
Fly around Mount Maunganui on your way to Tauranga's, award wining winery. Enjoy views of the stunning Tauranga Harbour, City and Kaimai ranges, as we make our way to Mills Reef.
Treat yourself to lunch and wine tasting in the highly-regarded Mills Reef Restaurant.
Duration: 2 Hours.
Departs from Tauranga Airport or Kiwi 360, Te Puke

HOBBITON MOVIE SET:
Fly to the Hobbiton Movie Set where you will be guided through the 1,250 acre working sheep and cattle farm to the site used in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. View Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn and many other structures used in these films. During your flight view the spectacular Kaimai Ranges beneath you, with stunning waterfalls and lush native forest. See the rolling farmland of the Waikato region, known for its dairy farming and agriculture. Both private and public tours are available at Hobbiton Movie Set. Please contact us for tour options.
Duration: 3 Hours.
Departs from Tauranga Airport or Kiwi 360, Te Puke

MAYOR ISLAND PICNIC:
Land on the sandy shores of South East bay or our cliff top heli pad. From here your pilot will take you on a leisurely walk through pohutakawa forest to an isolated beach flanked by towering cliff faces. If you’re lucky you will see the islands resident seals. Relax with a gourmet picnic and take in the views. This is the perfect location to pop the big question, or just to get away from civilization.
Duration: 2 Hours.
Departs from Tauranga Airport or Kiwi 360, Te Puke

WHITE ISLAND TOUR:
This flight to White Island departs from Kiwi 360 in Te Puke. Conveniently located 30 minutes from either Tauranga, Rotorua or Whakatane. Words cannot express the experience that is walking on the active crater floor of White Island. The unique lunar landscape is an integral part of the Pacific ring of fire. This steaming beauty is located 52 kilometers off the Bay of Plenty coastline. White Island (or Whakaari as it was named by the Maori before Europeans arrived) is one of New Zealand’s most active volcanoes and was once home to factory workers who mined the Island for sulphur. Ruined remains of this hard life still exist today.
This continuously active volcano, with sulphur-lipped fumaroles, active volcanic vents, steaming Crater Lake, bubbling mud pools, hot streams and desolate mining ruins combined create a surreal experience. You will feel like you are walking on a different planet.
Departs from Kiwi 360 - Te Puke
Duration: 140 minute

COROMANDEL COAST AND DINE:
Experience the beauty of the Coromandel that is not often seen from the road. Secluded bays, dense native bush and many scattered islands lining the coastline. This flight is a favourite of our pilots due to the unbelievable views this part of New Zealand has to offer. Fly along the Coromandel coast to the Whangapoua harbour. Enjoy a meal and drink at one of our specially selected cafes, before passing over the towering Coromandel ranges and returning to the Bay of Plenty via the Thames coast. Other activities including, fishing, kayaking or snorkelling can be included to make this tour a full day out. Please contact us if you wish to add activities to this flight.
Duration: 3.5 Hours.
Departs from Tauranga Airport or Kiwi 360, Te Puke

Unforgettable Scenic Adventures

  • All flights require a minimum of 2 people
  • KAITUNA CUT: $65 per person
  • MOUNT AND CITY: $115 per person
  • MAGIC MAKETU: $115 per person
  • PAPAMOA HILLS: $210 per person
  • MOUNT AND MAKETU: $320 per person
  • WHANGAMATA AND WAIHI GOLD MINE: $465 per person
  • TARAWERA AND ROTORUA LAKES: $595 per person
  • WHITE ISLAND: $680 per person
  • MILLS REEF WINE TASTING: $260 per person
  • HOBBITON MOVIE SET: $520 per person
  • MAYOR ISLAND PICNIC: $550 per person
  • WHITE ISLAND TOUR: $825 per person
  • COROMANDEL COAST AND DINE: $995 per person