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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 carry over 10,000 satisfied customers per year to experience our local volcanoes, geothermal reserves and lakes district 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. Look no further than Volcanic Air for the best scenic flights Rotorua has to offer.

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 scenic flights in Rotorua include Mount Tarawera, 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 also land at the hidden valley of Orakei Korako, to experience stunning scenery and fascinating geothermal activity. Other key highlights of our Rotorua scenic flights include aerial views of vibrant geothermal reserves like Waimangu and Wai-O-Tapu, as well as the area’s lakes district.

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Thermal Explorer

Mount Tarawera & Orakei Korako Dual Landing

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

  • tripadvisor stars 5  The whole experience was excellent, absolutely beautiful views and our pilot was very informative about the different parts of rotorua.


    tripadvisor stars 5  Our favorite part of the experience is seeing Rotorua from above, the beautiful lakes and craters, it’s like you’re a drone, seeing the view with your own eyes. Our pilot... read more


    tripadvisor stars 5  We had the most fantastic seaplane flight with Volcanic air! Every aspect of our day was flawless. The pilot was excellent in making sure everyone enjoyed their time in a... read more

  • tripadvisor stars 4  The team at Volcanic Air were fantastic. The scenery and commentary made the trip in the sea plane. Best way to see the fantastic landscapes all around Rotorua and Taupo.... read more


    tripadvisor stars 5  Such a treat to have had the opportunity to view our beautiful Rotorua & surrounds from above. Our pilot was fantastic and very knowledgeable. Besides the beautiful... read more


    tripadvisor stars 5  Fantastic flight with a great pilot. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff who looked after us well.

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.