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


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... read more

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      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

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      Had too much fun in our 30min flight around rotorua. And the sight is amazing and places are beyond imagination. And staff member with us Nadia is so friendly and... read more

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  •   I booked the dual trip last minute and I'm so glad I did. It really was spectacular. The weather couldn't have been any better so the views were amazing. 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

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      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... read more

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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.