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

Helicopter Tours

Visit Iconic Volcanoes

floatplane tours

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 geothermal activity on the edge of our longest river, the mighty Waikato. Other key highlights include aerial views of vibrant geothermal reserves like Waimangu and Wai-O-Tapu, as well as the area’s lakes district.

White Island

Dual Volcanic Landing

White island mount tarawera walking tour

Orakei Korako

Thermal Explorer

Mount Tarawera Orakei Korako

Mount Tarawera floatplane

Eruption Trail Tour

Mount Tarawera Waimangu thermal valley

Mount Tarawera helicopter

Volcanic Landing

Mount Tarawera landing crater lakes

Mount Tarawera

Volcanic Adventures

Mount Tarawera Wai-o-tapu  Tarawera falls

Testimonials

What our customers have to say

  •   Super from start to finish. Despite the plane being over 60 years old we felt safe (!) and the pilots were helpful and professional. Take off and landing on the lake were fun especially when one of the pilots jumped out onto a float after...More

    thumb bunionsEssex
    1/03/2019

      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 visit to Rotorua. Having said that though, my entire little family of 4 all agree...More

    thumb David E
    4/25/2018

      For my husband's birthday, I booked a helicopter ride to White Island on Volcanic Air. They made booking super easy, setting expectations up front regarding what to bring. When we arrived, the staff took great care of us making sure we were prepared for our...More

    thumb ChanLite
    11/07/2016
  •   Huge thank you to all the team in the office and our helicopter pilot Matt for making our engagement so memorable and capturing photos of the proposal! The flight was fantastic and the views were stunning. Such a great experience! Highly recommend!

    thumb simbo20
    3/04/2019

      This was a highlight of our three weeks in New Zealand. White Island is about thirty miles off the coast. It took us forty minutes each way from Rotorua to White Island because we took a detour to pick up another couple at Treetops Lodge....More

    thumb orchard16th
    1/29/2019

      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. ***My only complaint was the girls at the check in desk. I brought only what I was told...More

    thumb lauren k
    12/10/2018
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Quality Assured

Our certifications

Our aircraft are maintained to the highest standard and are flown by experienced pilots, all of whom 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, and are Qualmark Gold accredited.