Volcanic Air Safaris is based at the Rotorua City lakefront on the shores of Lake Rotorua and offers an extensive range of scenic flights by Helicopter or Floatplane. From the skies, visitors may view the spectacular natural features of Rotorua, Mount Maunganui and the central North Island Region.
The main theme of the tours is ‘volcanic' which focuses on the many crater lakes and geothermal attractions of the area, with specific emphasis on the dormant volcano of Mt Tarawera, the geothermal activity of Hells Gate and New Zealand's most active (offshore) volcano, White Island.
Visitors to White Island liken this experience to being on Mars! The White Island volcano is located 50 kilometres offshore and omits clouds of steam and frequent eruptions, expelling volcanic ash several thousand metres into the atmosphere. The main vent is below sea level and protected by crater walls. White Island is accessible from Rotorua by floatplane and helicopter with the latter allowing approximately one hour on the island for a fascinating tour. Volcanic Air Safaris has been flying to White Island since 1968, giving visitors to get 'up close and personal' encounter with one of the only accessible island volcanoes in the world.