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

  •   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 staff at the booking office were brilliant, the pilots and guides were hilarious but always...More

    thumb 1314karen
    12/10/2018

      If this trip isn't on your bucket list you really ought to add it. The whole experience is wonderful. The flight out adds excitement as you approach the island with a classic view of the streaming crater. Our pilot, Charlotte, made a perfect landing on...More

    thumb MartinRHor
    2/20/2019

      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
  •   We booked a 15 minute trip to pick us up from the lake in front of the motel in Ngongotaha, at no time was it mentioned that we were not paying enough for the pick up - which was the whole magic of the booking...More

    thumb TravellerWirral
    11/27/2012

      Got dad a 30 min Mount Tarawera/Waimangu Thermal Valley "Eruption Trail Tour" by floatplane for a Christmas present. Finally got to do it today, and what a magnificent day for flying! Blue skies, a calm lake, and amazing views of the area! The staff were...More

    thumb StaceyCheer
    9/01/2018

      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 breathtaking. This trip is a must and worth every cent!

    thumb Daniel_Jess
    4/10/2019
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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.