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White Island

White Island

Join White Island Tours on a journey to discover the incredible active marine volcano that is White Island!

Departing from Whakatāne, in the Bay of Plenty, you’ll join our friendly crew aboard one of our fleet of boats and head 49km off the coast towards White Island, New Zealand’s only active marine volcano.

Upon arrival, we’ll disembark directly into the crater complex. No climbing is required as this is one of the world’s most accessible live volcanoes. Our experienced and knowledgeable guides will take you on a fascinating guided tour to explore White Island’s inner crater. Hear about the interesting history and geology of White Island as you discover first-hand the magic of this sensational volcano. Get up close to roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcanic streams, the amazing lake of steaming acid and see the remains of the island’s Sulphur factory. Following this once in a lifetime journey into a volcano crater we will depart for the return trip to Whakatāne.

Enjoy a packed lunch as we cruise and see the outer walls of White Island, abundant with Pōhutukawa and Australasian Gannet colonies.The area is also home to dolphins, whales and other marine life and viewing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat is a great way to end an already amazing day.

You’re only a few clicks away from what can only be described as a truly unique and awe-inspiring adventure…

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Email: info@whiteisland.co.nz

Website: White Island Tours

Phone: 0800 733 529

Phone (intl): 647 308 9588

Whakatane Address:
15 The Strand East Whakatane

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Sylvain Schiber

Ranking: 9/10

Expensive but worth. Nice walk on the volcano with basic explanation. If you want to stay outside in the boat take a waterproof jacket. Lots of sick people. Stay outside in the middle of the boat!

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R. Damen

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Great tour! one of the highlights of our holiday. I could not hear the information from the skipper on the upper dek of the Peejay, the noice of the engines, the wind etc. was too loud and the volume too low. The bot, lunch and guides were perfect.

White Island Tours responds:

Hi R. Damen,
Thank you for taking the time to post your review! We're thrilled you had such a great time visiting White Island with us and that it was one of the highlights of your holiday!

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Anais Roux

France

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing - another world! Magnificent colours.

White Island Tours responds:

Hi Anais Roux,
Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We agree, White Island truly does feel like another world!!
It was great to hear you enjoyed your tour with us - thank you kindly for the 10/10!

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Michelle Smit

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

We had read about this trip before we left home. It got great reviews which we can only endorse. It was an incredible experience! How many people can say they have walked on an active volcano?!
The company was very professional and staff extremely friendly and helpful, allowing us to change our booking depending on the weather, rang us when they said to confirm the times, The lunch pack was generous and tasty.
The boat trip was great and the guided walk on the island was amazing!! Most importantly, our guide Hayden was excellent, knowledgeable, informative and personable.
It was the highlight of our trip to NZ.

White Island Tours responds:

Hi Michelle,
We're so pleased that you had such a great time visiting White Island with us. It was particularly pleasing to hear that you found our staff to be so helpful, accommodating and knowledgeable! Visiting White Island is a truly unique experience, one that we were so pleased we got to share with you.
Thank you for the kind review and recommendation - we hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels!

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Luisa and Hannes

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome! Lots of dolphins on our 1.5 hour boat trip to White Island. Great experience to walk over an active volcano. Paradise to take photos! For $200 per person lunch should be better!

White Island Tours responds:

Hi Luisa and Hannes, it was great to hear that you had such an enjoyable time visiting White Island with us, taking in the abundant marine life along the way.
We thank you for your feedback on the lunches. We realise that everyone has different tastes in food and have developed a packed lunch that is suitable (and hopefully enjoyed) by the majority. You may have noticed that it is fully vegetarian and also contains a number of components so that people are able to pick and choose the bits that they like from it. Unfortunately, the logistics of serving lunch 49km out to sea at an active volcano do limit us a little. For those that do want to add to their food options, we have a great selection of food in our café that can be purchased before the tour and taken aboard. Thanks again for visiting us and we hope to see you again in the future.

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Chloe Guerillot

France

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice experience, can walk close to the crater. Really impressive.

White Island Tours responds:

Hi Chloe,
Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. It was great to hear that you found the tour to White Island to be so impressive. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit to Whakatane and travels.

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Signe Broedbaek

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

White Island was beautiful and the trip out there was too. We stopped two times to watch dolphins.

White Island Tours responds:

Thank you for your review - we're glad you enjoyed your visit to White Island.

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Anna Jungclaus

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

We had a good (was a bit seasick) time on the boat, while watching dolphins and on the island itself. The crew was very friendly and helpful and also the guide was pretty nice.

White Island Tours responds:

Hi Anna, thank you for taking the time to review your tour with us. Sorry to hear that you were a little seasick but happy that you enjoyed your day with us!

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Florian Bisault

France

Ranking: 7/10

Amazing volcano in the middle of the ocean. The way in might be hard if the waves are big, but totally worth it. Guides are going fast but take time to enjoy.

White Island Tours responds:

Hi Florian, thank you for visiting White Island with us and thank you for taking the time to leave a review.

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Luca Staudt

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Kinda expensive, which is the only down point to it. You definitely get a big package for the money. Walking the island felt pretty surreal, so cool! The team took good care and was really fun and you get a lunch package.

White Island Tours responds:

Hi Luca, thank you for leaving a review. We're glad you agree that the tour is good value for money despite the cost.

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Gesa Roemer

Ranking: 8/10

Nice thing to do but quite expensive. Boat trip is really long but great chance to see dolphins (sometimes even whales).

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elena salimzhanova

Ranking: 10/10

It's was unforgettable experience and you will never forget it

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Petra Fragner

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Standing in the crater of an active volcano - a once in a lifetime experience!