Rotorua Eruption Trail Floatplane Tour - 30 Minutes

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Highlights & inclusions

30-minute scenic flight on a floatplane
Take off from the waters of Lake Rotorua
Witness huge craters at Mount Tarawera
Views of Waimangu Thermal Valley
Informative pilot commentary
Fly over Rotorua City and the Skyline
or 4 payments of $79.35 with more info
Free cancellation up to 48 hours prior to experience

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Sun, Jul 14, 2024

What you can expect

Embark on an exhilarating 30-minute Eruption Trail Floatplane Tour with Volcanic Air, departing from Lake Rotorua. Experience the thrill of taking off from the water before the floatplane climbs in altitude above Rotorua's iconic landscapes. This 30-minute Rotorua scenic flight includes views of Mount Tarawera, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, steaming crater lakes, native forests and much more.

After a graceful ascension from Lake Rotorua, your float plane Rotorua experience traverses over the lake's Mokoia Island towards Mount Tarawera. Soar above the dramatic craters and lakes created by this 111-metre-high volcano, with plenty of opportunities to take photos from your Rotorua float plane window seat. Last erupting in 1886 in what was the largest eruption in New Zealand's recent history, the Tarawera volcano created an incredible 15-kilometre-long rift line across the landscape. On this Rotorua scenic flight, you will see the culmination of this rift in the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, featuring crater lakes and steaming cliffs.

Circling back towards Rotorua, your float plane Rotorua flight will glide over the azure beauty of Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and the emerald hues of Lake Rotokākahi (Green Lake). Marvel at the fitting names of these lakes as you fly over the Whakarewarewa forest and thermal reserve. Throughout the flight, your Volcanic Air pilot will provide informative and entertaining insights into the impressive landscapes below, and how they were formed.

The Rotorua scenic flight's grand finale takes you over Rotorua City itself and the iconic Skyline before the floatplane lands on the serene waters of Lake Rotorua. This 30-minute adventure promises an immersive experience of Rotorua's scenic wonders, volcanic landscapes, and the captivating legacy of Mount Tarawera's historic eruption.


What you need to know

  • 30-minute Rotorua floatplane flight
  • Views of Mount Tarawera
  • Crater Lakes and Waimangu Volcanic Valley
  • Whakarewarewa Forest
  • Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Rotokākahi (Green Lake)
  • This experience departs at 9:00am, 12:00pm and 2:00pm, 7 days a week
Departure Location
  • This experience departs from Lakefront Drive on Rotorua City Lakefront
What To Bring
  • Your camera
Additional Information
  • This flight operates with a minimum of 2 adult fares
  • Please note that bags or packs are not permitted on board
  • A full safety briefing as well as safety equipment will be provided at the Volcanic Air Base. All passengers will be required to be weighed in order to ensure proper weight distribution in the aircraft
  • Under 2 free of charge
  • Children 2-11 years pay a child fare (75% of the adult fare)
Cancellation Policy
  • Should cancellation occur within 30 days of the date of travel a 25% cancellation fee will apply
  • If cancellation occurs within 7 days of the date of travel a 75% cancellation fee will apply
  • If cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the date of travel a 100% cancellation fee will apply
  • If the tour is cancelled due to adverse weather or due to circumstances beyond Volcanic Air control, Volcanic Air will reschedule clients on the earliest convenient flight available or a full refund will apply
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

Need help?

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  • Help code: D2B-67FD
  • This experience is supplied by White Island Helicopter Flight departing Rotorua


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  • We have an approved Science Based Target
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