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.

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 destinations include New Zealand’s only permanently active volcano, White Island, where we hold one of the few concessions to explore this marvel of nature. Closer to home, Mount Tarawera is 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 land at the hidden valley of Orakei Korako, to experience stunning scenery and fascinating geothermal activity. Key highlights also include aerial views of Rotorua’s vibrant geothermal reserves like Waimangu and Wai-O-Tapu, as well as the area’s lakes district.

White Island - Volcanic Air Rotorua

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

Testimonials

What our customers have to say

  •   The white island is other-worldly! Beautiful volcano, landscape and colors. The flight over, watching dolphins and fish in the ocean was wonderful too. The pilot was great. ... read more

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    12/09/2018

      We had a fantastic time stepping into an active volcano this Easter, what an awesome experience! The smell of sulphur can be uncomfortable, we were given masks and helmets to... read more

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    4/04/2018

      Let's face it. It's expensive (for our family at least) and a bit of an extravagant outing. We did this for my birthday as a family outing on our short... read more

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    4/25/2018
  •   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

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    4/07/2019

      My wife and I and our friend had a float plane come to the lakeside pier of our hotel. We flew to Orakei Korako vie Mt. Tarawera. None of us... read more

    thumb Cyndi-Larry
    3/31/2019

      I plucked up the courage to take this tour earlier today and it was simply incredible. Knowledgeable and friendly pilot who’s commentary was really interesting and the views were simply... read more

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    4/10/2019
Helicopter Charters - Volcanic Air

Exclusive helicopter charters

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.