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

  •   My husband is a pilot who has his seaplane rating. So of course we had to take the floatplane ride offered by Volcanic Air! We were staying at the Black... read more

    thumb Cheryl W
    3/26/2018

      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

    samanthapU4025KW
    11/27/2019

      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

    thumb 1314karen
    12/10/2018
  •   This trip, while expensive, is absolutely unforgettable. After landing on Tarawera and spending about 20 minutes, we flew to White Island and spent the most amazing 90 minutes ever.... read more

    Robin H
    9/15/2019

      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. ... read more

    thumb lauren k
    12/09/2018

      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 DaleK10
    5/12/2019
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.