White Island Update

12 December 2019

At this time of great sadness, the team at Volcanic Air extend their condolences to all affected by this horrific tragedy.

We appreciate your patience while we provide support to our pilot and passengers who were caught in the eruption, and to our pilots who assisted in the rescue of people from the island immediately after the eruption. We wish to extend our gratitude for the overwhelming support we have received from industry, local operators and the wider community. Volcanic Air has resumed normal flight operations, with the exception of Whakaari/White island, as the New Zealand Police have imposed a ‘No Fly’ zone over this area. Flights to Whakaari/White Island have been suspended. For those who have tours booked to the island, we can accommodate with alternative itineraries. As an alternative to the White Island tours, we have reintroduced our popular Thermal Explorer by Helicopter, which is our most popular Floatplane tour.


For more information, please contact us at info@volcanicair.co.nz or call +64 7 348 9984.

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.

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Helicopter Tours

Visit Iconic Volcanoes

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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 scenic flights include aerial views of Rotorua’s vibrant geothermal reserves like Waimangu and Wai-O-Tapu, as well as the area’s lakes district.

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Dual Volcanic Landing

White island mount tarawera walking tour

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


What our customers have to say

  •   My husband and I did the White Island/Mount Tawawera Dual landing on November 12th, and this was probably the highlight of our entire New Zealand trip. Our pilot/guide, JB was... read more


      Completely brilliant. Our pilot Stephen was perfect, friendly, funny, and engaging. He went above and beyond (ha) to make the kids feel safe and involved and even took time after... read more


      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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  •   Travelling to White Island and getting aerial views of this active marine volcano had been on my bucket list for several years and was definitely a great birthday treat. The... read more

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      Competent pilot of the helicopter up to the volcano summit, landed and had short time to look around, then continued journey out over the lakes and mud pools, 40 mins... read more

    thumb Alan G

      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

    thumb Dale K
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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.