FLOATPLANE TOURS

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Mount Tarawera floatplane

Eruption trail tour

Mount Tarawera | Waimangu thermal valley

At 3,680 feet (or 1,111 meters) in elevation, Mount Tarawera dominates the surrounding landscape. The majestic volcano plays centre piece to the stunning lakes and geothermal reserves that surround it.

 

Departing our Rotorua Lakefront pier, experience the thrill of a floatplane takeoff before climbing above Mokoia Island on track to the volcanic peaks of Mount Tarawera. Above Tarawera, views of cavernous craters reveal the power of what was the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory. Also included in the flight is our stunning lakes district, and aerial views of the colourful Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Returning to Rotorua, our descent takes us past the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and over the city, before landing on Lake Rotorua.

Thermal Explorer

Mount Tarawera | Orakei Korako

Experience aerial views of Mount Tarawera and vibrant geothermal parks, before landing on the mighty Waikato River to explore the hidden thermal valley of Orakei Korako.

 

The first highlight of this flight is the majestic Mount Tarawera, which plays centre piece to the stunning lakes which surround it. Moving south, Waimangu Volcanic Valley and Wai-O-Tapu thermal reserves are both spectacular from above. They provide a tapestry of vibrant colours throughout their geothermal landscapes, crater lakes and hot pools. From here, we follow the Waikato River to the hidden valley of Orakei Korako. While landing on the river is a thrill in its own right, you’ll then embark on a fascinating land based tour. You’ll discover hot springs, gushing geysers and the natural beauty of this geothermal wonderland right up close!

Orakei Korako floatplane
Rotorua crater lakes

Crater lakes

beyond the crater rim

These stunning crater lakes are surrounded by native forests and pastoral lands, hidden from the city by our volcanic terrain. Only an aerial perspective from one of our scenic flights can reveal the true beauty of this region.

 

Departing from our Rotorua Lakefront pier, experience the thrill of a floatplane take off before climbing above Mokoia Island on track to our hidden lakes district. Climbing over the eastern ridgeline, our terrain reveals the lakes of Okataina, Tarawera, Okareka, Rotokakahi and Tikitapu. After exploring the lakes district from our unique vantage point, our descent will then take us across the Rotorua city before landing back at Lake Rotorua.

Volcanic explorer

Mount Tarawera | White Island

Experience the beauty of our region’s contrasting landscapes. Highlights include the peaks and craters of Mount Tarawera, and New Zealand’s only permanently active marine volcano, White Island. It’s one of the most diverse Rotorua scenic flights available.

 

This captivating tour provides aerial views of the region’s most renowned scenic highlights, combined with the romance of a floatplane flight from the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua. This scenic flight explores the wider Bay of Plenty, including magnificent volcanoes, our pristine lakes district, national parks, farming plains, coastal orchards and more. Accompanied by interesting commentary along the way, the Volcanic Explorer is a fantastic way to overview the Bay of Plenty where time is limited.

White Island nz
Mount Tarawera

Fly / Drive combo

Mount Tarawera walking tour

Combine one of our most popular Rotorua scenic flights with a 4WD & Hiking tour by Kaitiaki Adventures, exploring Mount Tarawera up close.

 

Your journey begins with an off road 4WD experience through native New Zealand bush, transporting you to the craters edge. After a 1.5-2 hour hike and a scree run down into the crater, your guide will drop you at the remote shores of Lake Rerewhakaaitu. From here, you will return to Rotorua by floatplane, enjoying a spectacular aerial overview of Mount Tarawera, the vibrant Waimangu Volcanic Valley and our hidden lakes district. This stunning scenic flight completes the experience and returns you to our downtown floatplane pier on the shores of Lake Rotorua.

Flight experience

Take-off & land on water

Experience the romance of landing and taking off in a floatplane with panoramic views of Rotorua from above. Great for a first time experience of flight.

floatplane experience