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 carry over 10,000 satisfied customers per year to experience our local volcanoes, geothermal reserves and lakes district 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

  •   Our guide was super nice and knew a lot about the area. The flight was quick and cool would do it again with others too

    Climberman99
    9/28/2020

      Excellent morning visit to White Island on a shiny new helicopter piloted by Sam, who was also our guide on the walk round the island. Weather couldn’t have been any... read more

    115Markdavies
    10/31/2019

      Me and my partner went on the float plane named otter, it was our first time ever in a plane we've never been in any kind of aircraft! I am... read more

    avatar thumb Drew S
    12/23/2018
  •   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

    avatar thumb sandya1504
    4/17/2019

      Fabulous trip, a real highlight! Our pilot Steve was very knowledgeable and maximised the photo opportunities. Beautiful and awe inspiring scenery.

    Peeb_10
    9/20/2020

      Thanks Nadia for making a great flight even more fantastic😊 Your guide and piloting skills made our scenic plane ✈️ flight over White Island the high light of our trip... read more

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    3/01/2019
Helicopter Charters - Volcanic Air

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Floatplane Charters - Volcanic Air

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.