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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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This was an incredible experience that would be hard to find elsewhere. We got to spend nearly two hours on the island, with perfect weather conditions. You get to go very close... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2016
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Melbourne, Australia
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

This was an incredible experience that would be hard to find elsewhere. We got to spend nearly two hours on the island, with perfect weather conditions. You get to go very close to the crater, as well as see a variety of volcanic activity. We even got to circumnavigate the island once we were back on the boat. The skipper... More 

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Hi Possum88, Thank you for taking the time to post your review and share your experience. We were thrilled to hear that you had such an incredible time visiting White Island with us; with dolphin sightings and perfect weather conditions, what more could you ask for! Hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels and that you visit again soon. More 

Ripley
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35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

This was the trip of a lifetime, truly awe inspiring. The tour to the active volcano combines an exciting boat trip with a mind blowing walk and tour of the volcanic island itself. As a geographer I was impressed by the factual content of the tour, the well informed guides and their ability to engage the group and answer questions.... More 

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Hi Chantal K, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We were thrilled to hear that you had such an inspiring visit to White Island with us, and were most pleased to read that you found the content of the tour so informative and the professionalism of our staff such a highlight. The team will be very... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

The volcano is so beautiful, and the tour have a fantastic overview of the area as well as some history and cultural beliefs. The staff were amazing and very friendly and supportive. Be careful if you have asthma, the air around the volcano may make it hard for you to breathe. Lunch was included, and very tasty. Overall a great... More 

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Hi Courtney A, We're so pleased to hear that you had such a great visit to White Island with us, and thank you for taking the time to post your review. It was great to hear that you consider the experience "a must-see when visiting NZ" - that is high praise indeed, thank you! More 

London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

fantastic trip to a volcanic island. Very rough out at sea made the trip even more dramatic. Arrived to a lunar landscape and volcanic activity all around Brilliant

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Hi Dee H, It was great to hear that you had such a fantastic time visiting White Island with us, even enjoying the rough seas! We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your visit to Whakatane and thank you for the kind recommendation and review. More 

Adelaide
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

How often can you say that you walked around on a marine volcano? It was really special. The ride out was good. Definitely take something if you are prone to seasickness. The tour around the island itself was very interesting. The guides knew the history of the island very well and were interesting to listen to. The yellow sulfur made... More 

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Hi Michele T, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us. Particularly, the informative nature of the tour and the uniqueness of the experience to tour an active volcano. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Whakatane and visit again... More 

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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

It was really amazing tour. We started the trip at 9:30am and finished around 3:30pm. It was a lovely sunny day this Friday, but the sea was not really quite calm as a heap primary school kids still got sea sick after we departed for a few mins. However, the staff on board are really friendly and helpful. They helped... More 

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Hi Karen Z, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a comprehensive review. It was great to hear that you had such an amazing time visiting White Island with us. Your sentiment that White Island "seemed as another planet" is one that we likewise share, and we're so pleased that you were able to experience its uniqueness firsthand.... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

We went on the White Island trip on 23rd October 2016. The trip was extremely well organised. The guided walk around the island was a good length of time and our guide (so sorry I can't remember your name but a youngish gentleman) was excellent. The packed lunch was very a lovely surpise too (we were expecting something less impressive).... More 

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Hi Rachel N, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us. It was great to hear that you were a fan of our lunch! We hope that you enjoyed the rest of your time in Whakatane, and that you'll return again! More 

Whanganui, New Zealand
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

A must see for Kiwis and travellers alike. Well run tour with super friendly and helpful team looking after us for the day...and a nice lunch to boot. Thanks Peejays

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Hi Jo K, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us - and our packed lunch! It was great to have you on board with us, and we hope you'll visit again soon. More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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137 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is a rather unique opportunity to visit an active volcano crater. The visit must be booked as a boat trip ( NZ$ 438 for 2 adults = £272 ). Should the weather be bad the company will phone you that the trip is not possible as the landing on the island is by zodiac (rubber boat) and involves a... More 

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WhiteIslandTours, General Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your very comprehensive review and glad you enjoyed your visit to White Island. We're sorry to hear that there were some aspects that took away from your experience and have taken your feedback onboard. All the best for the remainder of your travels. More 

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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

A fabulous trip. It involves a boat trip of about 90 minutes each way and a walk around White Island, lasting about 2 hours. On both the way out to the island and back we saw pilot whales, dolphin, seals and many varieties of sea birds. The skipper allowed ample time for viewing without disturbing the wildlife and we have... More 

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Hi Joy M, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and share your experience. We can't help but agree that visiting White Island truly is a once in a lifetime experience - one that we're so pleased you choose to take with us. More 

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