Volcanic Air Safaris - NZ Travel

Volcanic Air Safaris

Volcanic Air Safaris
Volcanic Air Safaris offer the choice of either float plane or helicopter to view from above this dramatic geothermal and volcanic landscape.  Flights can include viewing of the dormant crater of Mt Tarawera or an opportunity to land on New Zealand's most active privately owned marine volcano White Island.  We are a privately owned and operated company and take huge pride in hosting and showcasing this spectacular destination.

Main Office:  Memorial Drive, Rotorua


Parking:  Free parking is available on site 


Transfers:  Return transfers to accommodation included 


Departures:  Daily. 


Operating Hours:

8:30am to 7:00pm (summer)

9:00am to 7:00pm (winter). 

Closed Christmas Day


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What to Bring:  If no landing or guided tour is chosen then no specific requirements are needed.  For excursions where you are landing and/or undertaking a guided tour such as White Island, comfortable walking shoes and clothes appropriate to the conditions on the day.  It is always a good idea to bring a light jacket, water, sunscreen and of course your camera!

Available Activities:
Tour 3A Mt Tarawera Volcano - Floatplane

Fly over Mt.Tarawera’s Crater Rift and wonder at the massive destruction caused by the 1886 eruption. Continue south past the Steaming Cliffs and the hot lakes of Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Return to Rotorua over the Blue and Green Lakes, the geysers of Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, and Rotorua City.

Duration: approx 30 minutes
Minimum Numbers:

Tour 3B Mt Tarawera Volcano/Hells Gate Landing & Guided Tour - Helicopter

From the Rotorua City Lakefront your flight takes you over the Crater Lakes District to the summit of Mt.Tarawera to view  the awesome volcanic rift of this icon attraction. Continue north over Lake Okataina to an exclusive landing and a guided tour at Hell's Gate,  Rotorua's most active geothermal area.  Return across Lake Rotorua.

Duration: 1 hour

Minimum Numbers: 2

Tour 4B White Island Active Volcano - Helicopter

Your scenic White Island flight takes you north to the Pacific Ocean coastline and the active volcano of White Island.  Land at the crater’s rim and spend approximately one hour on a guided walk of this fascinating natural attraction.  View sulphur deposits, and the remains of the old sulphur mine.

Duration: 2 hours 25 minutes

Minimum Numbers: 2

Tour 5 Orakei Korako Hidden Valley Landing & Tour - Floatplane/Helicopter

Take an amazing flight over the Crater Lakes District and the volcanic rift of Mt. Tarawera.  Continue south via Waimangu and Waiotapu Thermal Areas to land at the Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako.  Transfer by boat across the lake to explore the bubbling hot springs, gushing geysers and natural beauty of this hidden geothermal wonderland.  Rejoin your aircraft for the return trip to Rotorua.

Duration: 2 hours 25 minutes

Minimum Numbers: 2

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