The volcano responsible for New Zealand’s largest historic eruption, Mount Tarawera, is located 24 kilometres southeast of Rotorua in the Western Bay of Plenty. A “sleeping giant”, it is currently dormant but is known to have erupted five times in the last 18,000 years. A volcanic flight allows you to see the fissure running across its crater, caused by its last eruption in 1886.

Mt Tarawera Scenic Flight incl
Waimangu Thermal Valley

Set off into the sky for a memorable flight over New Zealand’s iconic volcanic region. The highlight of our tour is the majestic Mt. Tarawera – boasting an elevation of 1,111 metres, it’s a sight to behold. We’ll fly over its 25 km-long crater, formed during the last dramatic eruption.

As our flight continues, we‘ll see more of the volcanic landscape this region is known for. See the steam rising over geothermal Waimangu Thermal Valley, once home to the Pink and White Terraces, the seventh wonder of the world. You’ll also witness the serene beauty of the Rotorua Lakes District, the imposing peak of Mt Putauaki, and the engineering marvel of the Matahina Hydroelectric Dam.

With detailed commentary accompanying our tour, expect a blend of exceptional service, safety, and a deep understanding of the region. We’re dedicated to providing extended viewing time, especially over Mt. Tarawera, ensuring you receive the best possible experience for your time with us.

Departing Whakatane daily, 45 min experience.

Adult: $215.00pp       |       Child (5-15): $110.00pp       |      Under 5: Free

White Island + Mt Tarawera 

Experience both our White Island and Mt Tarawera tours together in our most popular scenic flight package. Book the VOLCANIC DOUBLE to fly over two of the Bay of Plenty’s best-known volcanoes – one active and one dormant. A great value combo, you’ll save up to $125!

Departing Whakatane daily, 90 min experience.

Adult: $339.00pp       |       Child (5-15): $169.00pp       |       Under 5: Free


Gift a Flight

Looking for a special way to celebrate someone special? Why not gift an experience!

A birthday, an anniversary, or simply a token of appreciation, our flights are a gift they’ll never forget. 

Private Charter Flights

At White Island Flights, our Private Charter service gives you the freedom and flexibility to tailor a flight path to suit you. Whether you have a specific itinerary in mind or want a private journey for your group, we've got you covered. 

Call us now to book your private charter.