White Island / Mount Tarawera



Tour Code: 4A

Fly around New Zealand’s iconic active marine volcano, Whakaari/ White Island, followed by the peaks and craters of the sleeping giant, Mount Tarawera, and the surreal colors of Waimangu Volcanic Valley. This tour offers a flight experience like no other in the world!


This once-in-a-lifetime flight combines aerial views of the region’s most renowned scenic highlights with the romance of a floatplane flight, taking off and landing on Lake Rotorua. Experience the beauty of Rotorua’s lakes district (flying over 14 lakes!), the fertile farms and orchards, and the stunning coastline of the Bay of Plenty. 


Sitting 48 km off the coast, Whakaari/ White Island is New Zealand’s most active marine volcano. Spend about 15 minutes flying around the volcano, taking in amazing aerial views of the island’s crater lake and ever-changing volcanic activity. Your pilot will provide commentary about the volcano’s history and geology, ensuring sure both sides of the aircraft can appreciate the views. Keep your eyes peeled for marine animal activity – schools of fish, dolphins and whales often feed around the nutrient-rich bay.


Return back across the Pacific Ocean, flying over Whakatane and Mt Edgecumb to the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory, Mount Tarawera. En route, take in the magnificent coast, distant national parks, multiple volcanoes and the massive Kaingaroa Forest. Witness firsthand the enormous craters formed during the 1886 eruption and follow the volcanic rift to the stunning Waimangu Volcanic Valley. After taking in the Steaming Cliffs, Frying Pan Lake and Inferno Crater, return to Rotorua City via the Whakarewarewa Forest and Thermal Reserve and Sulfur Bay.


Duration: Allow 1 hour 45 minutes

Location: All tours depart from Lakefront Drive, Rotorua City Lakefront

Requirements: Please note that bags or packs are not permitted on board. Guests are welcome to bring a camera.

Children: Under 2 free of charge.
Children 2-11 years pay a child fare (75% of the adult fare).

Safety: A full safety briefing will be provided at the Volcanic Air Base. All passengers will be required to be weighted in order to ensure proper weight distribution in the aircraft.



Views of Northern Lakes, White Island, Bay of Plenty, Pacific Coastline, Mount Tarawera, Lake Tarawera, Waimangu Volcanic Valley and the Crater Lakes.

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To make a booking for travel within the next 24 hours, please call our office direct on +64 7 348 9984 or 0800 800 848.