Volcanic Air Safaris

Mt Tarawera and Waimangu Volcanic Valley Flight

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  • 30 Minute Floatplane
  • Fly over the site of the largest eruption
  • Mount Tarawera
  • Waimangu Volcanic Valley
  • Informed commentary
  • Taking off and landing on water
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Up, up and away! Take off directly from the water on a wonderfully scenic seaplane adventure!

This is our most popular scenic flight taking in the geothermal highlights of this unique city by seaplane. Your journey begins on Lake Rotorua, travelling over the city and its glistening crater lakes district, flying over Mt Tarawera to marvel at the destruction caused by its massive 1886 eruption. Your informative pilot will give you a full running commentary about this fascinating area, its geographical features and the cultural significance to its indigenous Maori people. Enjoy spectacular aerial views of the steaming cliffs and boiling lakes of Waimangu Volcanic Valley and beyond to the lush bushland of the surrounding Bay of Plenty region. The volcanic flight path back to base takes you over Rotorua’s pretty Blue and Green Lakes and over the explosive geysers of Rotorua’s geothermal reserves then in to land on the waters of Lake Rotorua. Volcanic Air Safari’s seaplane tour is the best way to truly appreciate the natural wonders of this fascinating region.


  • 30 Minute Mt Tarawera and Waimangu Volcanic Valley Seaplane Flight


  • The scenic flight journey begins at Lake Rotorua and travels over the Crater Lakes District
  • Fly over Mt.Tarawera’s Crater Rift and wonder at the massive destruction caused by the 1886 eruption
  • Steaming Cliffs and the hot lakes of Waimangu Volcanic Valley
  • Blue and Green Lakes, the geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, and Rotorua City


  • At the completion of purchase, you will need to contact the tour operator to book in a flight time that suits you (Tour Operator details will be printed in your tour voucher)
  • Flights depart on demand providing we have achieved minimum numbers
  • We ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the flight is due to depart
  • Location: Rotorua City Lakefront, Memorial Drive


  • We have a range of aircraft catering from a minimum of two adult fares. The type of helicopter or seaplane is subject to passenger numbers flying on the day unless chartered on an exclusive basis
  • You are welcome to take cameras on the aircraft, and cell phones are permitted unless otherwise stated
  • Under 2 years are free
  • 2 adult fares are required to operate

Terms And Conditions

  • Children under 2 are free of charge, children aged 2 - 11 years pay a child’s fare which is 75% of the adult fare, 12 years and older pay full adult
  • 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 individual passenger’s weights and if individual passenger weight exceeds 110kg it is imperative that our office is informed prior to flight
  • Minimum numbers apply - 2 adult fares are required to operate

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Mobile Vouchers are accepted! - Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements
Need help? Contact our friendly customer support service. 1300 935 532 Help Code: 13B5-28C9
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