Choose your journey

by helicopter or floatplane

Based on the shores of Lake Rotorua, Volcanic Air offers the most comprehensive range of scenic flights and air tours in the region. Established in 1992, we have carried over 100,000 satisfied customers to experience our local volcanoes, geothermal reserves and lakes district and from both the air and the ground. Volcanic Air operate a mixed fleet of both helicopters and Rotorua’s only floatplanes. The versatility of these aircraft allows us to visit remote destinations that are hard to reach by other means. Our region is unique, and the diversity of its landscape is quite remarkable. We combine spectacular scenery with informative and interesting commentaries about an area that is considered as the cultural heart of New Zealand. Look no further than Volcanic Air for the best scenic flights Rotorua has to offer.

Helicopter Tours - Volcanic Air

Helicopter Tours

Visit Iconic Volcanoes

Floatplane Tours - Volcanic Air

Floatplane Tours

Explore active faultlines

Popular tours

something for everyone

Our key scenic flights in Rotorua include Mount Tarawera, the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory. Standing on Mount Tarawera offers a privileged view of spectacular craters and domes formed by the eruption. Further south, we also land at the hidden valley of Orakei Korako, to experience stunning scenery and fascinating geothermal activity. Other key highlights of our Rotorua scenic flights include aerial views of vibrant geothermal reserves like Waimangu and Wai-O-Tapu, as well as the area’s lakes district.

Thermal Explorer

Mount Tarawera & Orakei Korako Dual Landing

Orakei Korako - Volcanic Air

Thermal Explorer

Mount Tarawera Orakei Korako

Mount Tarawera Floatplane - Volcanic Air

Eruption Trail Tour

Mount Tarawera Waimangu thermal valley

Mount Tarawera Helicopter Rides - Volcanic Air

Volcanic Landing

Mount Tarawera landing crater lakes

Geothermal Tours - Volcanic Air

Volcanic Adventures

Mount Tarawera Wai-o-tapu  Tarawera falls

Testimonials

What our customers have to say

  •   We did the White Island tour and it was amazing. You feel like you are on another world. The steam, smells and colours I have not experienced before. The helicopter... read more

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    5/12/2019

      We did the White Island Helicopter trip with guided island tour and it was amazing. The pilot was very knowledgeable (and personable which makes it all the more enjoyable); he... read more

    avatar thumb Susan R
    11/17/2018

      We were booked through out agency for the 2-3 helicopter and walking tour. The flight over took about 30 minutes; we spent a solid hour on the island; flight back... read more

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    1/20/2019
  •   Helicopter trips are never cheap so you need to ensure you receive value for money. This trip exceeded our expectations in every respect and was the highlight of our entire... read more

    reeveja1
    3/28/2020

      A very unique experience! Sarah and the team were extremely helpful and accomodating in helping us to reschedule our trip due to bad weather. Well worth the wait and the... read more

    avatar thumb hmwilliams82
    4/07/2019

      Such an incredible trip around some of New Zealand's amazing country. Awesome friendly and helpful staff. Definitely reccomend a look. Not often you get to walk around on an active... read more

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    11/11/2018
Helicopter Charters - Volcanic Air

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Exclusive floatplane charters

Quality Assured

Our certifications

Our aircraft are maintained to the highest standard and are flown by experienced pilots. All of our pilots also have an intimate knowledge of the local area. Volcanic Air is approved by the New Zealand Civil Aviation authority and independently accessed via a stringent Quality Assurance Program. We are also Qualmark Gold accredited.