Volcanic Air is conveniently located on the Rotorua City Lakefront and our ‘Floatplane Tours’ allow you to experience the romance of taking off and landing in a floatplane. Enjoy spectacular lake views, panoramic views of Rotorua and fly over the Bay of Plenty region with its unique volcanic landscape.
Our most popular scenic flight is our Mount Tarawera / Waimangu Volcanic Valley flyover, however for the more adventurous landings by floatplane can be arranged at the hidden valley of Orakei Korako and exploring the valleys geothermal activity. All Volcanic Air flights offers a unique over view of our lakes district volcanoes and its geothermal playground.
Departing our city lakefront Floatplane pier experience the thrill of a floatplane take off before climbing above Mokoia Island on track to our hidden lakes district. Climbing over our eastern ridgeline our terrain reveals the lakes of Okataina, Tarawera, Okareka, Rotokakahi (Green Lake)and Tikitapu (Blue Lake). These stunning crater lakes are surrounded by native forests and pastoral lands, hidden from the city by our volcanic terrain only an aerial perspective reveals the true beauty of this region. Returning to the Lakefront our descent takes us across the Rotorua city before landing back at Lake Rotorua.
The eruption trail tour flight encompasses Mount Tarawera & Waimangu Thermal Valley.
Flights depart 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 stunning 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. Included in the flight is our stunning lakes district and aerial views of the Waimangu thermal Valley and its vibrant Inferno Crater and Frying Pan Lake. Returning to Rotorua our descent takes us past the Whakarewarewa thermal reserve and over the city before landing on Lake Rotorua
( Flight time approx 30 minutes)
This captivating tour combines aerial views of the region’s most renowned scenic highlights from above with the romance of a floatplane flight where we land and take off from the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua. Experience the beauty of our lakes district, the peaks and craters of Mount Tarawera and a flight over New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano ‘White Island’.
This flight of approximately 1 hour 25 minutes in duration takes in aerial views of the wider Bay of Plenty and in addition to these renowned highlights you will see contrasting landscapes including national parks, fertile farming plains and hill country sheep and beef stations. Our stunning coastline features as do aerial views of orchards where much of the regions Kiwifruit are grown.
Combined with informed and interesting commentary’s this is a fantastic way to overview the Bay of Plenty where time is limited. There is no question that this tour offers exceptional scenic value but also has the added thrill of landing and taking off from the lake in a floatplane this is definitely an experience not to be missed.
(Flight time 1 hour 25 mins)
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.
Combine the experience of a 4WD hiking tour on Mount Tarawera by Kaitiaki Adventures. 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 your 4WD will drop you at the remote shores of Lake Rerewhakaaitu when you will return to Rotorua by Floatplane. Enjoy a spectacular aerial overview of the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Mount Tarawera and our hidden lakes district. This stunning flight completes the Tarawera experience and returns you to your departure point on the shores of Lake Rotorua at our downtown city floatplane pier.
Tour approx 4 Hours