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Floatplane Tour of Mount Tarawera & Orakei Korako Valley

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Enjoy a floatplane ride over Rotorua & Mt. Tarawera with a river landing followed by a scenic ferry ride, and a guided walk through Orakei Korako Valley.

Highlights

  • Experience the thrill of a floatplane take-off from the city lakefront pier, offering unparalleled views of Mokoia Island and the hidden Lakes District.

  • Soar above the majestic 3,680ft Mount Tarawera, witnessing cavernous craters left from the largest eruption in New Zealand's living memory in 1886.

  • After the flight, land on the Waikato River and embark on a ferry to the hidden valley of Orakei Korako.

  • Enjoy a 60 to 90-min walking tour guided by an experienced pilot, exploring geysers, hot springs, and the geothermal beauty.

  • Fun Fact: The 1886 eruption at Mount Tarawera devastated the famous Pink and White Terraces, once regarded as the eighth wonder of the world.

Inclusions

  • 2 hr 15 min flight & land tour

  • Floatplane flight

  • 60-90 min guided walking tour

  • Ferry ride

  • Entry to attractions

Cancellation policy

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

Seaplane Adventure from Rotorua to Mount Tarawera

Start your journey from the scenic Rotorua City Lakefront, greeted by the friendly English-speaking pilot. Hop aboard the seaplane, and as you ascend, watch the beautiful cityscape shrink, replaced by expansive views of shimmering lakes and lush forests. Behold the mighty Mount Tarawera, a sleeping giant scarred by its volcanic eruption in 1886. As you glide over, marvel at the 8km long rift, a striking blend of red, brown, and orange volcanic residues that paint a vivid geological masterpiece.

Fly Over to Hidden Geothermal Marvels

Post the Tarawera fly-by, your journey transforms into a surreal spectacle as you soar over Orakei Korako Valley, a geological wonderland. Known as The Hidden Valley, it flaunts hot springs, geothermal parks, unique silica terraces, formed over centuries by mineral-rich waters, and the abundant heat-loving algae that paint a vibrant palette across the valley. Catch a glimpse of the expansive Emerald Terrace, one of New Zealand's largest from your aerial vantage point before descending for a closer look. Finally, embark on an interpretive walk with your knowledgeable guide/pilot, unveiling the enchanting Maori lore tied to these lands.

Itinerary

Aerial views of Mount Tarawera, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, and Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland | Remote landing on Waikato River | Orakei Korako Valley walking tour

Important Information

  • It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes as this experience involves a fair amount of walking.

  • It is recommended to bring along your jacket, water, and sunscreen.

Restrictions

  • Note that the following are not allowed on this tour: tripod, flash photography.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

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

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Meet your guide at Volcanic Air office.

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

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Getting There

By Bus

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

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

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