Experience “Volcanic Extremes” flying over the active crater of “Whakaari” White Island before landing on the now dormant but extremely spectacular summit of Mount Tarawera.
Both of these volcanoes are of significance, Whakaari more recently for the devastating 2019 eruption and Mount Tarawera for the much larger 1886 eruption considered to be the largest in New Zealand’s living memory. Different in the extreme, Whakaari is an active marine volcano and changes its activity on a daily basis, while far inland Mount Tarawera stands impressively above its central North Island landscape of lakes and native bush. The mountain is now dormant, but it’s impressive craters and domes are evidence of the massive eruption that shaped this area. Views from the summit are breathtaking, not only for the volcanoes deep craters but also for commanding vistas of the surrounding region.
Additional aerial views include the Tarawera Falls, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, stunning crater lakes, fertile farms and forestry, horticultural lands and distant national parks. This tour will provide unparalleled views of an incredible diversity of scenery, as well as commentary on the fascinating history and rich cultural heritage unique to beautiful Rotorua
Duration: Allow 1 Hours 45 Minutes
Location: All tours depart from Lakefront Drive, Rotorua City Lakefront
Requirements: Comfortable closed in walking shoes and clothes appropriate to the conditions on the day. It is always a good idea to bring a jacket, sunscreen and of course 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.
A 1 hour 25 minute scenic flight and a 20 -minute walking tour of the summit of Mount Tarawera.
Tour duration, flight times and inclusions may vary due to weather conditions, volcanic activity and passenger loadings. Excursion landings are undertaken at your own risk and such landings are at your pilot’s sole discretion.