Adventure in Rotorua
Adventure Photos of Rotorua
the many exciting things to in Rotorua
is to climb aboard a seaplane, take off from the lake and fly for
a scenic tour of the Mt Tarawera
Flight offers a range of flight times, routes and aircraft and its
itinerary includes the volcano trips as well as helicopter journeys
to the active volcano of White Island.
35-minute trip I took was in an Otter seaplane - which is an experience
in itself. The 10-seater was built as a North American workhorse
but is spacious and comfortable, headsets keep the pilot in touch
with you as he explains the natural features and the various coloured
also are necessary to drown out the noise of the powerful engine!
is great fun - I really love those off water although you do need
to be aware of where your lifejackets are ... just in case - and
the sweep back over the lake and city are excellent viewing.
are a few bumps as you head over the hills around Rotorua and below
you are the series of famous lakes around the city.
has to be said Mt Tarawera was an amazing sight, with massive sections
of it pushed from the mountain by the 1886 eruption that destroyed
The Buried Village.
colours are amazing - including a myriad of shades of red - and
the sheer size of the explosion, which left an eight-kilometre crater,
will have you a little awestruck at the power of a volcano.
sights from out of your window include the Blue and Green Lakes,
three-coloured lakes, sulphur bay and White
is a huge range of flights to suit both itinerary and budget, and
the staff and pilots are really friendly.
trip on Volcanis Air is well worth the time.
Over Lake Rotorua, Sulphur Bay, the geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal
Reserve and Rotorua City.
Experience a wider overview of the Rotorua region. The features
of Tour 1 plus five major crater lakes including the Blue and Green
Lakes. (Flight time approx 15 minutes)
The airline's most popular tours! Mt Tarawera erupted in 1886 creating
an 8km long volcanic rift along its summit the magnitude of which
is only fully appreciated when viewed from above.
3(a) Floatplane. Mt. Tarawera - Waimangu Volcanic Valley
From Lake Rotorua over the Crater Lakes District. Fly over Mt Tarawera’s
crater rift and wonder at the massive destruction caused by the
1886 eruption. Continue south past the Steaming Cliffs and the hot
lakes of Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Return to Rotorua over the Blue
and Green Lakes, the geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, and
Rotorua City. (Flight time approx 30 minutes)
Helicopter. Mt. Tarawera - Hell's Gate
Landing and Tour From the Rotorua City Lakefront over the Crater
Lakes District to the summit of Mt Tarawera to view from above the
awesome volcanic rift of this icon attraction. Continue north over
Lake Okataina to an exclusive landing and 30 minute guided tour
at Hell’s Gate – Rotorua’s most active geothermal area. Return across
Lake Rotorua. Allow one hour.
Island Active Volcano
Located 50 km off the Bay of Plenty coast. Experience the fury of
nature at work on this awesome Island of the Pacific “Ring of Fire”.
4(a) Floatplane White Island and Mt.Tarawera Over Hell’s Gate Thermal
Valley and the Northern Lakes to the Pacific Ocean coastline.
Circle and view from above the crater and fearsome activity of White
Island active volcano. Return over Mt Tarawera’s volcanic crater
rift, the Steaming Cliffs, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, the Blue and
Green Lakes, and the geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. Flight
time 1 hour 20 minutes.
Helicopter White Island
Land on and explore an active volcano! Your flight takes you north
over Hell’s Gate Thermal Valley to the Pacific Ocean coastline and
the active volcano of White Island. Land at the crater’s rim and
spend approximately one hour on a guided walk of this fascinating
natural attraction. Experience the volcanic fury of the main crater,
view sulphur deposits, and the remains of the old sulphur mine.
(Allow 3 hours)
4(c) Helicopter White Island and Mt Tarawera As per tour 4b but
with the added attraction of flying over Mt Tarawera. (Allow 3 hours
Korako Hidden Valley
By Floatplane or Helicopter *
Over the Crater Lakes District and the volcanic rift of Mt Tarawera.
Continue south via Waimangu and Waiotapu Thermal Areas to land at
the Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako. Transfer by boat across the
lake to explore the bubbling hot springs, gushing geysers and natural
beauty of this hidden geothermal wonderland. Rejoin your aircraft
for the return trip to Rotorua. (Allow 2 hours 15 minutes).