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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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Pros: walking on a live volcano, friendly staff Cons: very windy on the island, boat ride to/from the island, lunch Info: An 95-minute boat ride from Whakatane to the island... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Springfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pros: walking on a live volcano, friendly staff Cons: very windy on the island, boat ride to/from the island, lunch Info: An 95-minute boat ride from Whakatane to the island (and then back again) was difficult for some due to the rougher seas. Dolphins did join us for part of the ride out! Once at the island, you disembark from... More 

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

Hi JE and JA D, We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us, and thank you for taking the time to write your review. More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I missed out on this trip last time I was in NZ, so this was an absolute priority on this visit. The call the night before saying the trip might not go ahead led to a few nervous moments but by 8am, it was back on and by just after 9am, we were on our way. I have to say,... More 

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

Hi AissaW, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us (second time's a charm) and that our staff were a particular highlight for you! Wishing you all the best for the rest of 2017! More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I think we lucked out with extremely calm seas and a gorgeous day. But I'd do it again no matter the weather. The volcano is amazing and Hannah was a great tour guide. After the tour of the crater, we went around the island--I had no idea there was a forest on the other side. The trip back was super... More 

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

Hi marfa63, We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour to White Island with us, and thank you for taking the time to post your review. More 

Sydney, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

White Island was a true adventure for our family. Boating out to the island was fun and interesting in itself...we saw dolphins! The island itself is wild - it stinks, it blows, it stings your eyes and makes you cough...we LOVED it! Our guides, Tammy and Nathan, were really knowledgeable and reassuring as we stepped right up to the edge... More 

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

Hi JMM4619, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! Tammy & Nathan will be pleased to hear that you had such a great time. Enjoy the rest of your travels! More 

United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour to White Island lands you at the very top of the volcano and takes you on a tour of the inner crater, as most of the volcano is beneath the surface of the ocean. To get there, you have to take a boat ride which lasts around 1.5 hours and can get a little choppy. On the morning... More 

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

Wow - what a comprehensive review! Thanks PennAbb for taking the time to post your review and share such a detailed account of your experience. We're thrilled to read that you enjoyed your tour to White Island so much that you "..can't leave NZ without having done it." That is high praise and most appreciated. All the best for the... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Truly an amazing place to visit. You feel that you are on another world. The staff are great making sure that everyone is safe and are comfortable at all times. They are very well informed on the history of the island. Lunch is provided. If you have a choice go on a morning trip as it appears that it is... More 

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

Hi Robert L, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. It was great to read that you enjoyed your tour to White Island with us. We share your sentiments that White Island is "truly an amazing place to visit" and thank you for the kind recommendation. All the best for the rest of your travels! More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must do experience... to walk around on an active volcano and look into the crater is incredible. Other worldly. The boat trip over is also special but can be rough. Our guide was fantastic, knowledge and friendly.

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

Hi Kiwioceangold, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We're thrilled that you enjoyed the tour to White Island so much that you considered it a "must do experience". That is high praise indeed and most appreciated. All the best for 2017! More 

Auckland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This one has been on the bucket list for a while and tied it in as an early summer trip on the tail of seeing friends at the Mount. Decided to take the trip to Whakatane night before and stayed at the Rendezvous which meant we were on site next morning. A night sleep was ruined by very loud reggae... More 

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

Hi Richard, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We're happy to hear that your trip to White Island lived up to its billing and you found our staff to be so professional and courteous. We're sorry that you sleep the night before was disrupted, but were pleased to hear that it didn't affect your enjoyment of... More 

Penrith, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Busy season so lots of tours running but the company was very organized so it didn't feel overwhelming. All staff were very friendly. The ride out was rough, a few people got sea sick but the crew tried their best to identify them early and get them outside. Once on the island we walked around observing different features (steam/sulphur vents,... More 

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

Hi ring4245, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us and we appreciate you taking the time to share your experience. More 

SIngapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was definitely the highlight of our family trip to NZ. The island itself was fascinating and the guides were very informative a pleasure to be with. You do need the face mask particularly if you have asthma like a couple of people in the family. We got there on a boat which was a little bumpy but great fun... More 

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

Hi NeiljSIngapore, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. It was great to read that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us and that you particularly enjoyed the bumpy boat ride! All the best for the rest of your travels and 2017 More 

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