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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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Mount Tarawera & Orakei Korako Dual Landing

Orakei Korako - Volcanic Air

Mount Tarawera Orakei Korako Landing and Walk

Mount Tarawera Floatplane - Volcanic Air

Mt Tarawera/Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Mount Tarawera Helicopter Rides - Volcanic Air

Mount Tarawera Landing and Guided Walk

Geothermal Tours - Volcanic Air

Mount Tarawera ,Wai-o-tapu &  Tarawera falls

Testimonials

What our customers have to say

  • star rating  The desk clerk was informative and helpful. Sam, our pilot was knowledgeable and approachable. The area is stunning and Sam know the best spots for pics. Well worth it

    Fiona Bentley
    July 15, 2021

    star rating  Amazing experience on a stunning day! Could see for miles, the views were incredible and our Pilot was knowledgeable and fun.

    Sav S
    June 29, 2021

    star rating  Great way to spend the morning, float plane flight from Rotorua lakefront to the natural hot pools (only peasants go by boat.)

    Staff and crew were very professional and... read more

    PhilB2293
    May 31, 2021
  • star rating  Beautiful scenic flight in a floatplane over lake Rotorua to lake Rotoiti for a soak in the exclusive access thermal hot pools (only peasants take a boat).
    Pilot was awesome... read more

    kellieh599
    May 31, 2021

    star rating  We did the floatplane trip to the Lake Rotoiti hot pools. Not mentioned much on their webside, but told about it by another tourist operator. Worth every... read more

    jans760
    May 31, 2021

    star rating  what an amazing experience! the whole experience from taking off to flying around the lakes was so amazing, especially seeing Rotorua from the sky. The walk along the orakei Korako... read more

    Teauitirichel
    May 21, 2021
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.

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