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85 Mins White Island and Mount Tarawera Floatplane Tour

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Behold White Island, Mount Tarawera, and the Lakes District aboard a floatplane, and land on Rotorua Lake on the 85-minute Volcanic Airplane Tour.


  • Revel in Rotorua’s landscapes sky-high, see White Island, volcanoes like Mount Tarawera, and land on a lake on the Volcanic Airplane Tour.

  • Board a floatplane and witness New Zealand’s most active cone volcano, White Island, sail over the Pacific Ocean and view Mount Tarawera.

  • Feast your sights on contrasting natural sceneries and coastlines in Rotorua, covering all the highlights in just 1 hour and 45 minutes.

  • Fun Fact: White Island or ‘Whakaari’ is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth and is still changing its shape due to ongoing eruptions!


  • 85-minute tour

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 72 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

For travelers exploring the city of Rotorua New Zealand, one of the best ways to experience its highlights efficiently is to fly above them in a floatplane. This tour offers firsthand birds-eye-panoramas of the natural terrain of the region, including its green forests, fiery volcanoes, oceans, lakes, and more.

Admire Aerial Views Over Rotorua

Sit back on the floatplane and enjoy a thrilling take-off from Rotorua Lake to take to the skies of New Zealand. Fly across the Pacific Ocean and exclaim at the vibrant greens of the Kaingaroa forest and national parks complimenting the many volcanoes in the region. Flow over the enormous craters and crater lakes formed by the famous Tarawera eruption in 1886.

Mount Tarawera & White Island

Revel in the sights of the mighty Mount Tarawera as the plane travels further inland over the Bay of Plenty. See the glimmering coastline before spotting the ferocious White Island, New Zealand’s only permanently active offshore volcano. Examine the steaming peaks, hot pools, and colors at Waimangu Volcanic Valley and the Lakes District on the flight back to Rotorua. On the way, count the many countryside sheep and cattle stations, kiwi orchards, and farmland plains.

Important Information

  • Tour timings, flight visibility, and duration depend on favorable weather conditions and volcanic activity.

  • Visitors cannot enter White Island for safety reasons.


  • Bags or packs are not permitted onboard.

  • Photography is permitted on the tour without flash or tripods.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the Redemption point.

Ticket Redemption Point

  • Show your ticket at Volcanic Air.

  • Address: City Lakefront 1 Lakefront Drive, Ohinemutu, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand

Get Directions to the Redemption Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Rotorua Hospital - North (Pukeroa Street). It is a quick 7-minute walk to the redemption point.

  • Board bus #1, or #6 to get you there.

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