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

  •   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 pilot acts as your guide and is very helpful. You walk to the top and...More

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    5/12/2019

      Oh, my god! This is an adventure for the adventuresome. We boarded the Volcano Helicopters bird located on a tiny piece of marina pier just across the park from our Novotel Rotorua Lakeside Hotel. It was a beautifully clear day as we took off due...More

    thumb Bob F
    3/04/2018

      Quality visit, really nice People from support to pilot. Wonderful attitude, great stories and lovely support

    thumb Erik D
    10/01/2018
  •   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 to NZ😊 Especially as our first choice was the helicopter 🚁 tour that wouldn’t fly!...More

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    3/01/2019

      Booking this tour was the best decision I've ever made. After takeoff from Rotorua Lakefront we made our way to the top of Mt. Tarawera where we could enjoy the amazing panorama of the area. We also had a short walk around and our tour...More

    thumb AnnalenaK94
    3/06/2019

      Our pilot was amazing. We always wanted to experience a sea plane and the experience of taking off and landing on the water, she didn't disappoint. She was very experienced and clearly loved her job. Although short we still saw some beautiful views and enjoyed...More

    thumb Emily C
    4/03/2019
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.