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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

Helicopter Tours

Visit Iconic Volcanoes

Floatplane Tours

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

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Mount Tarawera Orakei Korako Landing and Walk

Mount Tarawera Floatplane - Volcanic Air

Mt Tarawera/Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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Mount Tarawera Landing and Guided Walk

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Mount Tarawera ,Wai-o-tapu &  Tarawera falls

Testimonials

What our customers have to say

  • star rating  Absolutely amazing experience for the whole family incl 3+5 yr old!! The pilot Stephen is super helpful, nice and knowledgeable; you learn a lot about the area and places you... read more

    Nina_in_AKL
    June 19, 2022

    star rating  The weather was not looking good for the day we had booked. We were placed on a flight the day earlier thanks to Stephen for his wonderful phone manners and... read more

    gloriaandclive
    June 13, 2022

    star rating  Absolutely great time flying around the area, awesome knowledgeable pilot who shared interesting things about Mount Tarawera and the surrounding areas. Chasing deer on the mountain was an enjoyable thrill!... read more

    WELDERNZ
    May 28, 2022
  • star rating  Our excellent pilot, Sam, gave us good information on the areas we flew over which included Tarawera falls, landing and guided walk on Mount Tarawera, Waimangu Thermal Valley, Waiotapu and... read more

    catherinesR8205BK
    January 18, 2022

    star rating  Our excellent pilot, Sam, gave us good information on the areas we flew over which included Tarawera falls, landing and guided walk on Mount Tarawera, Waimangu Thermal Valley, Waiotapu and... read more

    Catherine S
    January 1, 2022

    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

    fionabentley
    July 16, 2021
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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.