Capture the beauty of the active volcanic peaks of New Zealand's central North Island with a new helicopter safari of Mts. Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro from acclaimed luxury retreat Huka Lodge.
Guests depart the lodge’s manicured lawns at dawn, climbing to capture the Central Plateau’s otherworldly scenery at first light as the helicopter sweeps across Lake Taupo and up the bush-clad alpine valleys of the Kaimanawa Forest Park, home to wild herds of horses and deer. Land on the banks of the Rangitikei River, an acclaimed fly fishing spot, in time for a champagne-laced breakfast.
On the flight back to the lodge the route skirts the towering peaks of Unesco-listed Tongariro National Park, famed for its captivating Emerald Lakes and brooding Te Maari Crater, which erupted twice in 2012, before following the Waikato River back to Huka Lodge. Only available in the month of April 2017, and priced from US$2,650 per person, this special package includes one night’s accommodation pre-dinner drinks, a five-course gourmet dinner, the helicopter trip (for two guests), with Champagne and pastries, and full country breakfast upon your return.