Amazing Volcanic Air Combinations!

Amazing Volcanic Air Combinations!

Volcanic Air is privileged to work with so many amazing operators around Rotorua, New Zealand, and the world! Here are 7 of those with whom we share tours:


Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools/ Manupirua Spring Hot Pools

Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools beautiful shoreline

Beautiful Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools as seen from above

Indulge in one of Rotorua’s best kept secrets: the Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools! Accessible only by boat, or, if you want to feel like royalty… by floatplane. The oldest commercially operated hot springs in New Zealand boast 7 stunning pools nestled amidst native bush, all directly fed by the Manupirua Spring. With a variety of temperatures to choose from, along with a jetty featuring a jump and slide into Lake Rotoiti, there’s something for everyone year-round. As if that’s not enticing enough; wine, beer and snacks are available to enjoy at the numerous picnic tables along the lakes edge.

If you are looking for a genuine “Kiwi Experience,” add the Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools to your list – whether on a romantic get away or with the whole family, you will find a piece of paradise in Manupirua Bay, Lake Rotoiti.

Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools

Mid-level Hot Pools looking out at the lake



Orakei Korako

Steaming geothermal park

Steaming geothermal park features

Silica Terraces blue sky

Silica Terraces at Orakei Korako

“Hidden Valley” perfectly encapsulates Orakei Korako; nestled away from the crowds, this geothermal park boasts the highest concentration of active geysers in New Zealand. Wander amidst 23 erupting geysers, hot springs, bubbling mud pools, a thermal cave and some of the largest silica terraces in the world. The vivid hues of the geothermal phenomena, set against the backdrop of native bush and melodic birdsong evoke a sense of prehistoric wonder! It feels like a dinosaur might just appear around the next bend.

Whether you choose to drive yourself or arrive in luxury via a helicopter or floatplane, the whole family is welcome. Once you finish your tour, enjoy a coffee, baked good or an ice cream while looking back across the Waikato River to the steaming cliffs.




Totally Tarawera

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with the fantastic team at Totally Tarawera who specialize in showing you around Lake Tarawera with their range of guided and unguided experiences. Hop aboard a water taxi and head to Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own hot pools, hike the Tarawera Trail and the Tarawera Falls Walk, or even get dropped off at one of the camping or glamping sites around the lake’s perimeter. If you are lucky enough to partake in our Heli Hikes to the Tarawera Falls, you’ll be ferried across Lake Tarawera via their water taxi and chauffeured back into town by one of their dedicated team members!

As a whanau (family) owned business, they take immense pride in extending manaakitanga (hospitality) as they guide you, offering cultural and historical insights while aiding in the preservation of this stunning lake.




Multi Day Adventures

For unparalleled adventure tours in Rotorua, look no further than Multi Day Experiences. With their mantra of “Genuine people, authentic experiences and exclusive excursions” they are amazing ambassadors for the region. Their guides are not only personable and knowledgeable but also deeply passionate about Rotorua and the central North Island.

Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping activities like rappelling 100m into a cave, navigating white water rapids, kayaking, mountain biking through the world famous Whakarearewa Forest trails, hiking, climbing, fishing, horse trekking, sailing, waka paddling, or even flying (!), Multi Day will organize the adventure of a lifetime for you.  Alternatively, opt for a cultural, culinary and sightseeing journey with a private tour through the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute followed by a geothermal-cooked feast and a sightseeing tour of Rotorua.

Volcanic Air is privileged to work with this team of industry professionals and wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone seeking an unforgettable journey around Rotorua!

Marae with 2 people

MDA guide welcoming guest onto Marae



Chris Jolly Outdoors

Chris Jolly Outdoors boasts an exceptional team of passionate individuals who curate adventures around Lake Taupo and the Central North Island. From leisurely cruises aboard one of their 5 charter boats to guided fly fishing expeditions (heli fly fishing in the back country anyone?!), scenic hikes, or catering for corporate functions, their team maintains a standard of luxury that’s often elusive in remote settings.

In partnership with Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Chris Jolly Outdoors are dedicated to advancing Māori Tourism and sustainability by prioritizing environmental protection and community welfare.

Volcanic Air is deeply appreciative of our close collaboration with Chris Jolly and would recommend anyone keen on exploring some of the Central North Island Lakes including Lakes Taupo and Tarawera to get in touch with them directly.

Helicopter next to river

Helicopter Fly Fishing Charter




Spa overlooking lake

One of many spa pools over-looking Lake Rotorua

Wai Ariki

Just a few minutes’ walk from the Volcanic Air offices, the striking silhouette of Wai Ariki “Chiefly Waters” commands attention on the shores of Lake Rotorua. Wai Ariki is a world-class luxury hot springs and spa paying homage to Māori culture and the healing traditions of Ngāti Whakaue. Indulge in the Restorative Journey or The Sanctuary – both experiences promise ultimate relaxation amidst serene surroundings. Add on a massage if you are really looking to pamper yourself!

Built upon Rotorua’s geothermal waters, long renowned for their therapeutic properties, and the centuries-old ethos of hospitality and care for visitors, Wai Ariki sets a remarkable standard for luxury at every turn. Let us show you around Rotorua by air, then ground yourself in Wai Ariki.




Foris Eco Tours

People alongside a steam in native bush

Two people enjoying the serenity of the Waikamahi Headwaters

Look no further for an authentic eco-tourism experience! Explore some of New Zealand’s most popular day hikes and birding adventures while immersing yourself in the unique and ancient rainforests around Rotorua, Tauranga and Taupo. Their small-group tours or exclusive experiences focus on educating and appreciating NZ’s beautiful nature and birdlife.

Volcanic Air is thrilled to be a part of their new Waikamahi headwaters regenerative tourism project, dedicated to preserving a magnificent piece of New Zealand’s natural heritage. This exclusive hosted experience offers a rare opportunity to witness conservation in action. Wander amidst native trees, ferns, and mosses as you learn about an innovative “Biodiversity Bank” citizen science project aimed at identifying and documenting every lifeform in the forest, driving its protection forward.