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Orakei Korako Orakei Korako Crater Lakes and Plane Floatplane on water Floatplane over Mt Tarawera

Mt Tarawera and Orakei Korako by Floatplane - from Rotorua

The ultimate Thermal Explorer flight!

Your chance to see vast volcanic rifts, treasured lakes, hot springs, gushing geysers, vibrant colour pallets and the natural beauty of this hidden geothermal wonderland.

TRG-F9 | min 2 persons | 2 hrs 15 mins | NZ $525.00 pp


You will see

  • Geothermal activity
  • Mount Tarawera from above
  • Orakei Korako from above and on the ground
  • Rotorua Lakes
  • The vibrantly coloured pools of Wai-O-Tapu from the air

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.

This tour is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes in duration, includes approximately 1 hour touring the Valley and includes check in and briefing.

  • You should report to the Lakeside Office at least 15 minutes before the scheduled take off time.
  • Minimum of 2 adult fares applicable to this flight
  • Tour duration, flight times and tour inclusions may vary due to weather conditions, volcanic activity and passenger loadings. Operating daily subject to weather conditions.
  • We require total combined passengers weight and if individual passenger weight exceeds 110kg it is imperative that our office is informed prior to flight. This is a Civil Aviation requirement and due to weight and balance could greatly jeopardize the schedule of the flight. Failure to supply accurate combined weights could result in your departure time being altered or in some instances additional costs being applied.

Flight Seeing Schedule Options

      start time    end time
Flexible Departure Times   00:00   00:00

Flight Seeing Charges

Adult price     NZ $525.00
Child price (2 to 11 yrs)     NZ $394.00
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