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About Volcanic Air
We offer you an extensive range of scenic helicopter flights and scenic floatplane air tours.Land on the active Volcano of White Island or our dormant Volcano Mt Tarawera.View from above the dramatic and spectacular destination of Rotorua. The main theme of our scenic flight tours is to showcase the many crater lakes, volcanic and geothermal landscape of the region Rotorua and Bay of Plenty.
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15-Minute Crater Lakes Flight by Floatplane from Rotorua

View Rotorua’s network of lakes from above with this flight. Depart Rotorua in the early morning or early evening, then float over a landscape wrought large and dramatic by millions of years of eruptions. A pilot-guide tells you (through headsets) what you’re seeing—gain greater knowledge of geothermal activity in the air. Gain an aerial perspective on a spectacular region of New Zealand.
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15 minutes
from US$144.37

Mount Tarawera/Orakei Korako "Thermal Explorer" Dual Landing

Combine the thrill of landing on Mount Tarawera with a flight that includes spectacular aerial views of our stunning crater lakes, the renowned Tarawera Falls and the vibrant Waimangu and Wai-O-Tapu geothermal reserves. Leaving Wai-O-Tapu we descend to follow the Waikato River to the hidden valley of Orakei Korako. Once landed, you will ferry across the river and begin your land-based tour. Experience hot springs, gushing geysers and the natural beauty of this geothermal wonderland. Your return flight takes in views of farmland and the Paeroa mountain range before flying over Rotorua City and returning to our lakefront pier.
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3 hours
from US$854.47

Mt. Tarawera Volcano Scenic Floatplane Tour from Rotorua

Soar above the otherworldly volcanic landscapes of Mt. Tarawera on seaplane flight from Rotorua. The expert pilot-guide navigates over the Steaming Cliffs and the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, then returns via the Blue and Green Lakes and the bubbling geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Experience the thrill of a water take-off and landing on Rotorua Lake, with a convenient hotel pickup and drop-off.
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30 minutes
from US$206.79

Mt Tarawera Helicopter Tour with Volcano Landing

Hover above Mt Tarawera on a helicopter tour with a landing that includes a short, guided exploration of the volcanic terrain on foot. View the geothermal landscape of crater lakes and domes from the air, then get up close to the volcanic scenery as you learn about its geologic history from your guide. Soar above the Northern Lakes district as you take off from Rotorua.
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40 minutes
from US$362.86

15-Minute Crater Lakes Flight by Helicopter from Rotorua

Get unbeatable aerial views of the New Zealand's crater lakes on this 15-minute helicopter flight from Rotorua. With commentary from your pilot about the area's history, ecosystem, and geology, fly over the hidden lakes and get views of distant volcanoes. Highlights include the lakes of Tikitapu (Blue Lake) , Rotokakahi (Green Lake), Okareka, Tarawera and Okataina, as well as city views of Rotorua.
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15 minutes
from US$167.78
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Sam wrote a review Mar 2021
Rotorua, New Zealand1 contribution
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 some fun facts about Rotorua and its surrounding areas.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from Volcanic A, Helicopter Pilot at Volcanic Air
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thanks Samantha! Its always nice to hear feedback from our guests, I'm glad you enjoyed your trip. P.s I will keep learning more fun facts for our next flight :) - Sam
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david m wrote a review Mar 2021
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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 and would recommend any day
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from Volcanic A, General Manager at Volcanic Air
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you. We pride ourselves on our experienced and professional staff, and we are so happy you enjoyed your trip - We hope yo see you again soon
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Rakeeb Hussein wrote a review Mar 2021
Auckland, New Zealand15 contributions
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 Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools. The flight itself was amazing. The views from the floatplane was incredible and a great way to see Rotorua. Anyone in New Zealand wanting to try something new at a reasonable cost should definitely check @volcanicairnz out and the numerous different tourist options they have that's been catered to the local market. Massive thanks to Steve who was our pilot and made sure we had an amazing time. Get out there kiwis and enjoy this amazing adventure in our own backyard 😍
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from Volcanic A, General Manager at Volcanic Air
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for your review. We think the Rotoiti Hotpools is one of Rotorua's best kept secrets and it was a real privilege to share that with you two - Steve
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AwesomeSara wrote a review Mar 2021
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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 the office ladies name - but she was an absolute gem. Not pushy or invasive but very informative to my partners million questions. Callum a polite young lad was more than we could ask for as a pilot & guide. Money cannot be put on the experience we had. Epic landing Callum - You rose to our wittyness & we are very thankful to you both. Hope to see you both in the coromandel at our restaurant one day x
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from Volcanic A, Owner at Volcanic Air
Responded 11 Mar 2021
Great feedback , thank you. Spontaneous decisions are often the best. Its a great flight and it was a great day for it. I hope the camping lived up to the expectations😊 and yes we would love to come and visit your restaurant some day.
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kourt21 wrote a review Feb 2021
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The whole experience was excellent, absolutely beautiful views and our pilot was very informative about the different parts of rotorua.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Response from Volcanic A, General Manager at Volcanic Air
Responded 16 Feb 2021
Thank you for your review and we are so happy you had a great flight
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