Air Activities Taupo & Bay of Plenty

Best seen from above.

At Taupo’s Floatplane your Bay of Plenty/Taupo sightseeing tours come with a bird’s eye view! Marvel at Australasia’s largest lake and the volcanic and coastal regions beyond.

As one of NZ’s leading air activities, Taupo’s Floatplane offers a range of flights around the vibrant Taupo and Tongariro National Park areas. We can even drop you and your partner off on a secluded beach for an hour or two of hiking, beach combing or simply just relaxing. Or even … popping the question to the love of your life! Simply get in touch.

Scenic Flights: Bay of Plenty/Taupo Sightseeing Tours

Taupo’s Floatplane offers a range of float plane sightseeing tours over New Zealand’s World Heritage Tongariro National Park (incl. Mount Ruapehu), Volcanic Plateau, Great Lake Taupo, Bay of Plenty, White Island and the many sparkling lakes of Rotorua – all with vistas so breathtaking they’ll never be forgotten.

A Taste of Taupo

“A Taste of Taupo” scenic flight with Taupo’s Floatplane involves a watery take-off from Taupo Bay, turning over beautiful Acacia Bay, the headwaters of the Waikato River then across to the bubbling mud pools and steam vents of “Craters of the Moon” thermal area. The flight path will then pass over the bore fields of the Wairakei Power station, following the maze of pipe work to the power station itself followed by an aerial circuit of the magnificent Huka Falls, then over the town, and coming in to land along Taupo’s lakefront.

  A minimum of two adult fares are required
 Flight Time is approximately 10 minutes
  Adult: $109.00nzd Child: $54.50nzd
All Prices are inclusive of GST
Child rates apply for children 3-15 years. Under 3 FOC
Family includes two adults and up to three children
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Peek at The Lake

The “A Peek at the Lake” scenic flight takes off from the waters of Taupo Bay, past Acacia Bay to Rangatira Point viewing the crystal clear waters of Whakaupo and Mine Bay. Climbing up through the Mapara Valley to view red scoria quarries before passing over the headwaters of the mighty Waikato River. See the bubbling mud and steaming vents of the mysterious“Craters of the Moon” thermal area and onto the bore fields of the Wairakei Power station, following the maze of pipe work to the power station. The finale – an aerial circuit of the magnificent Huka Falls, over Taupo’s town, and coming in to land along Taupo’s lakefront.


  A minimum of two adult fares are required
 Flight Time is approximately 20 minutes
  Adult: $160.00nzd Child: $80.00nzd
All Prices are inclusive of GST
Child rates apply for children 3-15 years. Under 3 FOC
Family includes two adults and up to three children
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Western Bay Explorer

There is no faster or better way to explore New Zealand’s largest Lake. This trip takes you to the most secluded and picturesque part of Lake Taupo, otherwise inaccessible by car. Be amazed by the crystal clear water and towering volcanic cliffs of the western Bays. Before flying back to Taupo via the Wairakei steam field and Huka Falls.

  A minimum of two adult fares are required
 Flight Time is approximately 30 minutes
  Adult: $240.00nzd Child: $120.00nzd
All Prices are inclusive of GST
Child rates apply for children 3-15 years. Under 3 FOC
Family includes two adults and up to three children
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Orakei Korako

Taking off from the waters of Taupo Bay the scenic flight turns over the boat harbour tracking north past the steaming “Craters of the Moon” to the Hidden Valley of “Orakei Korako”. Landing on the Waikato River to tie along side a floating jetty where you disembark for a journey into the hidden valley of Orakei Korako which takes about 1-1 ½ hours. The return flight passes over the massive Huka Falls and over Taupo’s town before landing along the lakefront.


  A minimum of two adult fares are required
 Allow 2 hours, 15 mins - includes passes to Orakei Korako Thermal Valley
  Adult: $345.00nzd Child: $172.50nzd
All Prices are inclusive of GST
Child rates apply for children 3-15 years. Under 3 FOC
Family includes two adults and up to three children
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Mt Ruapehu Vista

Taupo’s Floatplane’s “Mt Ruapehu” scenic flight departs from the Taupo bay tracking south to fly over Turangi, Mt Pihanga, Lake Rotoaira, the Blue and Emerald Lakes, the Tama Lakes to the summit of Mt Ruapehu. A circuit of the summit allows you to view into the Crater Lake and the ski fields on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu. Starting our journey north again we travel onto Mt Ngauruhoe ( Mt Doom ) to view into the centre of this classic volcano, then over Mt Tongariro viewing the Red crater, Blue lake, old lava flows and the most recently active Te Mari Crater before we begin our descent over Lake Taupo to land along the lakefront.

  A minimum of two adult fares are required
 Flight Time is approximately 60 minutes
  Adult: $415.00nzd Child: $207.50nzd
All Prices are inclusive of GST
Child rates apply for children 3-15 years. Under 3 FOC
Family includes two adults and up to three children
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Lakes of Rotorua

Head North towards the lakes of Rotorua, overflying the Green and Blue Lakes, buried village and Lake Tarawera before climbing to the summit of Mount Tarawera viewing the massive fissure formed during the 1886 eruption. On the way home wonder at Waimangu Volcanic Valley, sacred waters of Wai-O-Tapu and Orakei Korako geothermal areas. We offer you the option of a landing to take a walk around the silica terraces, steaming geysers and boiling mud pools of Orakei Korako before continuing back to Taupo. Added extra (Orakei Korako) is $105.00 per adult


  A minimum of two adult fares are required
 Flight Time is approximately 60 minutes
  Adult: $390.00nzd Child: $195.00nzd
All Prices are inclusive of GST
Child rates apply for children 3-15 years. Under 3 FOC
Family includes two adults and up to three children
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White Island

Taupo’s Floatplane “White Island” scenic flight departs from the shores of Taupo flying over the Ohaaki Power Station to Mount Tarawera exploring the gapping gash left by the eruption in 1886 killing 108 people. The flight then continues past Mt Edgecumbe out over the coast of the Bay of Plenty region to New Zealand’s most active volcano – White Island. The flight then returns via the lakes of Rotorua and its city. Fly over the hidden valley of Orakei Korako with the option of landing here for a one hour walk through this geothermal paradise (extra $105.00 p.p.), before returning via the steamy “Craters of the Moon” geothermal area and Huka Falls to land along the Taupo Lakefront.

  A minimum of two adult fares are required
 Flight Time is approximately 2 hours. Allow up to 3.5 hours if including the stop off at Orakei Korako. An additional $105.00 per person is required for this stop off.
  Adult: $830.00nzd Child: $415.00nzd
All Prices are inclusive of GST
Child rates apply for children 3-15 years. Under 3 FOC
Family includes two adults and up to three children
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FLY and DINE

Try something romantic….. Just for the two of you…..

As the only passengers in the plane, you can snuggle up together and enjoy the beautiful vistas of Lake Taupo and Mt Tongariro’s colourful crater lakes. You may even get to enjoy one of Taupo’s sunsets. Upon your return from the 45 minute flight, enjoy a relaxing dinner for two at    Taupo’s Millennium Resort,

Book this trip in advance as there are only two available each day and don’t forget to ask about our deluxe upgrade.

This price is available only when booking direct with Taupo’s Floatplane. If booked through an agent you maybe subject to a booking fee.


  A minimum of two adult fares are required
 Flight time is 45 minutes each way plus your meal
  Per Couple: $855.00nzd
All Prices are inclusive of GST
Child rates apply for children 3-15 years. Under 3 FOC
Family includes two adults and up to three children
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Other Services

Taupo’s Floatplane has a charter flight service available and is useful for such things as:

  • Weddings
  • Fishing Trips
  • Adventure Combos

Taupo’s Floatplane can even tailor an adventure for you, including combinations of quad bikes, white water rafting and jet boating – see the packages page for more information or contact us and we can organize a tailored adventure, fishing or wedding package for you!

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Air Taxi

Taupo’s Floatplane also runs an air taxi service and can tailor a trip to your requirements. Contact us for further details.  Here are a few ideas for the air taxi service…

  • Western Bays Lake Taupo
  • Air taxi to your boat
  • Air taxi to secluded beaches for hiking, a romantic picnic or just to relax!
  • Oreti Village Restaurant at the Southern end of Lake Taupo. Click here to view PDF download
  • Lake Rotorua, Tarawera and Tauranga
  • Lakes Ohakuri, Whakamaru or Mangakino

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