MOUNT TARAWERA / ORAKEI KORAKO ‘THERMAL EXPLORER’ BY FLOATPLANE – TOUR 5A
Departing our city lakefront pier experience the thrill of a floatplane take off before climbing above Mokoia Island on track to our hidden Lakes District and the Volcanic Peaks of Mount Tarawera. At 3680 feet in elevation this majestic volcano dominates the surrounding landscape and plays centre piece to the lakes which surrounds it.
Above Tarawera views of cavernous craters reveal the power of what was the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory. The 1886 eruption devastated the local area including our famous Pink and White Terraces once claimed as the eighth wonder of the world. Continuing south and along the fault we fly over the Waimangu Valley to view the Frying Pan Lake and Inferno Crater spectacular from above. Further south again aerial views of the Wai-O-Tapu reserve provide a tapestry of vibrant colours including the Champagne Pool, Artists Pallet and the reserves coloured lakes and hot pools.
Leaving Wai-O-Tapu we descend to follow the Waikato River to the hidden valley of Orakei Korako. Landing on the river is a thrill in its own rite before docking to board your ferry to cross the river and begin your land based tour. Here experience hot springs, gushing geysers and the natural beauty of this geothermal wonderland. Your return flight takes in views of farms and the Paeroa mountain range before flying over Rotorua City and returning to our Lakefront pier.
This tour is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes in duration, includes approximately 1 hour touring the Valley and includes check in and briefing.
Duration: Allow 2 hours 15 minutes
Location: All flights depart from the Rotorua City Lakefront, Memorial Drive
Requirements: This flight operates with a minimum of 2 adult fares
Children: Children 2-11 years pay a child fare (75% of the adult fare)