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Address: Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
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Join the White Island Tours crew aboard the luxury cruiser 'PeeJay' for a 6...

Join the White Island Tours crew aboard the luxury cruiser 'PeeJay' for a 6 hour adventure to explore New Zealand's only active marine volcano - White Island.

Sitting 49km off the coast of New Zealand's North Island, this is one of the world's most accessible live volcanos. With the majority of the volcano sitting beneath the sea it means we are able to disembark directly into the crater complex - no mountain climbing required.

Being a live volcano there is little doubt that White Island is home to New Zealand's most impressive geothermal activity. Visitors are able to get up close to roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcanic streams and the amazing lake of steaming acid. The vivid hues of yellow and orange resulting from the abundant sulphur on the island make it a photographer's dream.

Experienced guides will lead visitors on a two hour exploration of the inner crater, providing a fascinating commentary on the geology of the island as well as stories of attempts to mine sulphur. Along with volcanic and geothermal features, you will see the remains of the sulphur factory which have survived multiple eruptions since being abandoned in the 1930s.

Once back aboard PeeJay there may be time for a swim from the boat before being served a light packed lunch which can be enjoyed while viewing the outer walls of the island where Pohutukawa forests grow and large Australasian Gannet colonies exist.

Our journey home often provides the opportunity to spend time viewing dolphins, whales and other marine life. We hold the necessary government permits to interact with these animals and it's a great way to end an already amazing day.

Tours depart daily (weather permitting) from Whakatane.

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Great day out

We really enjoyed the day and the staff were very friendly, helpful and professional. White Island is an extraordinary landscape and well worth a visit. The boat trip is close to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed the day and the staff were very friendly, helpful and professional. White Island is an extraordinary landscape and well worth a visit. The boat trip is close to 90 minutes each way so take that into account.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Outstanding tour. The trip over by boat was a tad long for those without sea legs, but really interesting. We were lucky enough to spot a family pod of Orcas. Our captain managed to get us very close and we got some amazing photos. The volcanic island was breath taking (literally), but the gas masks helped. Standing on the edge... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A breezy day, but our group had good sea legs (and in some​ cases a few sea sickness pills). Quite amazing to get close up to a 🌋 great guides, unhurried and relaxed day. Lots of interesting information too. Highly recommend this tour and the lovely lovely​ campsites at Ohope beach nearby.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The powered catamaran was named The Phoenix. The captain and crew were excellent and knowledgable. On the way out we were able to stop in a pod of dolphin. The largest I had ever been in. (Lived on our boat in FL often sailed to the Bahamas) Our tour guide on the Island was Nathan. Very knowledgable, enthusiastic and outright... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I'll give a very honest and unbiased review here with all things considered. Please see my many TripAdvisor reviews for good reads on my travel experiences! https://www.tripadvisor.com/members/Erin_leigh79 Hubby and I did the White Island Tour via boat one morning. The drive in our own car from Rotorua wasn’t bad and we go there in plenty of time to check in,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a perfect day for ocean lovers and people interested in Geology / Volcanoes and natural beauty. The volcano is approx. 48km offshore. The company's motorized, fast cat is well designed for the job. Porpoises frolicked around the boat about midway. Ideal trip for families with teen-aged kids. Due attention was given to safety aspects at sea and entering... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fantastic day out, tour guides were very easy to listen to and very informative. Volcano was excellent and so glad we did this trip

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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this review

Hi Lorna, It is great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us, and we thank you for taking the time to share your experience. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely outstanding tour to an incredibly special natural environment. We prefer independent travel however guided tour is the only way to visit White Island. This tour is exceptionally operated. Due to rough seas following extreme rain, our tour was cancelled twice. This was done professionally and we were kept informed the whole time. Our tour proceeded on our last day... More 

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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this review

Hi Sarah W, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. It was great to hear that the weather cleared up enough to allow for you to visit White Island with us (on your last day in NZ - that was cutting it close, wasn't it!) and that you enjoyed the tour and found everything to be organised... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The trip can seem expensive but believe me, it's worth every penny! We were lucky with the weather but less with the wind... meaning that the boat trip was VERY chaotic... But the crew members were very kind and helpful, making sure everybody was fine and giving advise to feel less sick. The tour on the island is long enough,... More 

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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this review

Wow! Thanks Helene M. We're thrilled to hear that you had such a great time visiting White Island with us and that you found the experience to be so worthwhile. Cheers! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Simply amazing, the island is just the most fabulous place I have visited, like being on another planet whilst being surrounded by the beauty of New Zealand. We were very lucky to see a whale on the way across to the island which just added to the experience. The crew where great, a few people were ill on the crossing... More 

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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this review

Hi LucyOsfax, Thank you for taking the time to post your review and share your experience. We're so pleased to hear that you found the tour to White Island to be 'simply amazing' and our crew so 'caring and on the ball'. This is feedback we're most proud of. Cheers! More 

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