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49 kilometres off the coast of the Bay of Plenty emerges White Island – a live volcano of relentless intensity! Join us for a 6 hour adventure to this exhilarating, enchanting island........

Emerging from the sparkling waters of the Bay of Plenty is White Island – an active marine volcano! Climb aboard ‘PeeJay’ for a 6 hr adventure to this fascinating island and discover a vibrant landscape of hissing fumaroles, lava bombs, glittering yellow sulphur crystals, unusual rock formations and hot thermal streams… Venture to the crater’s edge and explore the skeletal remains of an old sulphur mining factory. Tours depart daily, weather dependent. Light packed lunch and refreshments provided.
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Contact Details

Email: info@whiteisland.co.nz

Website: White Island, Pee Jay Tours

Phone: 0800 PEE JAY (0800 733 529)

Phone (intl): 647 308 9588

Whakatane Address:
15 The Strand East Whakatane


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96 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 8.

Jakub Trojanek's avatar

Jakub Trojanek

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

Nice trip to a natural volcanic island. From Whakatane reached by boat (3 hours return), approximately 2 hours spent walking on the island with a guide. Pretty bad smell mostly, worth it.

Reviewed 21 days ago

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Emilie Normand


Ranking: 7/10

It was nice discovering the island but the company said the tour included the dolphins to watch but we only saw two dolphins in the distance. So it was expensive just to see the island.

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in January 2015

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Emma Keegan


Ranking: 7/10

Had a good time, a little pricey though.
I have to admit I thought I was going to see burning hot lava :) haha shows how much I know about marine volcanoes lol
An enjoyable boat ride there and information provided was interesting.
A nice walk around island and talk by guides.
Very smelly due to sulphur (stirred up my asthma quite a bit)
A good experience though.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Christopher Buch Madsen


Ranking: 8/10

It was awesome, we were sailed to and guided on White Island, the guides were amazing but I feel like they could have shown us more.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2014

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Phil Bromby

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Good informative guides, excellent venue. Very different lunch provided plus sick bags and flannels!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2014

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New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Only marked down because it's very expensive and there are definitely times to avoid doing this trip. If you get the right day, then even at the high price this rates as one of the best day trips you can have in this part of the country. Don't go after (or during) windy days or rough seas as the long boat ride becomes a misery with your fellow seasick companions. Best time to go is on a calm sunny day in December through Jan and early Feb following days of settled weather. At this time of year you'll be unlucky not to see flying fish, dolphin, schooling fish, have a swim off the boat at the island, and of course White Island is at its best. If you're lucky you'll also see pilot whales, orca, bottlenose dolphin, and be exhausted (don't plan to travel far afterwards) after a day in the sun and salt air.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2013

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Tobias Thull


Ranking: 7/10

Really nice views, perfect weather, awesome experience. Price is definitely too high.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

Daryl's avatar


United States

Ranking: 8/10

White Island is a very interesting active volcano. I enjoyed seeing it. The boat ride is long. You spend more time on the boat than on the island. I would have enjoyed more time in the island, not the tour company's fault though.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2014

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Mathias Butterlin


Ranking: 8/10

Nice trip in and around White Island. We've seen dolphins and sharks on the sea. A little bit expensive but awesome!!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Nelle Dutilleur


Ranking: 10/10

Just amazing! I'm really happy that i did this trip. The walk on the volcano was very interesting.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Bert Pubeg


Ranking: 9/10

all fine, impressive scenery. a bit to expensive. saw dolphins, pilot whales, sharks. felt like very small creatures on the volcano island.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in November 2013

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Ranking: 9/10


Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Very nice trip. Tour on the island itself very interesting. Enough time on the island. Good lunch provided.

Reviewed about 3 years ago