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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

Testimonials

What our customers have to say

  • star rating  Really exceeded my expectations! So cool to see Rotorua from above and really surreal being able to land and walk around on Mt Tarawera. Sam was really knowledgeable and has... read more

    samanthapmac
    4/01/2021

    star rating  My wife and I took the Floatplane ride to the hotpools. The whole plane ride experience was amazing. The staff were awesome and the pilot was fantastic. All highly experienced... read more

    davidm24686
    3/29/2021

    star rating  An escape for a day from Auckland was needed so thought we will road trip to Rotorua and try something new. It landed us at @volcanicairnz for a flight to... read more

    wanderlustprince-nz
    3/16/2021
  • star rating  It was a spontaneous decision walking past the booking office ... pilot was called & we had a booking for 2 hours later. Unfortunately we did not manage to get... read more

    Sara F
    3/10/2021

    star rating  The whole experience was excellent, absolutely beautiful views and our pilot was very informative about the different parts of rotorua.

    kourt21
    2/15/2021

    star rating  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

    jennellacsina
    2/04/2021
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.