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You don't need a space shuttle to go to Mars

Everything about this tour is brilliant, from the super fun staff to the top of the art equipment... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2017
Robin_Laura
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
Great tour to a strange place.

Great tour to a strange place. I have been to Yellowstone National park and the volcanoes in Hawaii... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2017
jronkowski
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Cruise across the pristine waters of the Bay of Plenty to White Island (Whakaari) – New Zealand’s most active volcano. After being fitted with hard hats and gas masks, guides will lead you on an exploration of the crater floor. Experience 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. After the time on the island, lunch will be served back on the boat as we cruise to see the outer walls of the 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 the day. Tours depart daily (weather permitting) from Whakatāne. For those wishing to stay in Whakatāne, we recommend the White Island Rendezvous motel, which is also the check-in location for our tours.
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Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

Everything about this tour is brilliant, from the super fun staff to the top of the art equipment and boats, from the stunning place to its weird feature, from the dolphins to the gannets, from the lollies to the packed lunch, there is nothing we...More

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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2017

Hi Robin_Laura, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We're thrilled you both enjoyed your visit to White Island with us and would happily welcome back again anytime! All the best with the rest of your travels, we look forward to tracking...More

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Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Great tour to a strange place. I have been to Yellowstone National park and the volcanoes in Hawaii but I am glad I visited White Island . It's like going to alien world : steam , gas vents and a very barren landscape. The boat...More

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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

Hi jronkowski, Thank you for taking the time to post your review and share your experience. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour to White Island with us - and loved your sentiments that 'it's like going to an alien world'. Cheers!

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Reviewed 30 March 2017

We were a large group. We took the tour out to white island. It was an incredible experience being that close to an active volcano and feeling the element of risk that is associated with that. The day we visited our guide informed us that...More

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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2017

Hi Jon L, It was great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island so much that you came away feeling it was a 'once in a lifetime opportunity' - we're most proud of that! All the best with the rest of your...More

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Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Whilst 2 hour plus boat trip to get to White Island is not everyone's idea of fun it's definitely worth it. The sulphurous smell, warm ground, warm streams and getting close to the active crater quite amazing. Remains of old sulphur factory also interesting. Return...More

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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2017

Hi Taylorsabroad, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your tour to White Island with us and the opportunity to get up close to an active volcano! All the best for the rest of...More

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Reviewed 25 March 2017 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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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

Hi Paul B, We really appreciate you taking the time to post your review and share your experience. It was great to hear you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us and found our staff to be so friendly, helpful and professional. Cheers!

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Reviewed 24 March 2017

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...More

Thank Andy T
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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

Hi Andy T, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We're thrilled that you enjoyed your tour to White Island with us and the experience of standing on the edge of an active volcano - pretty neat, aye! - and the chance...More

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Reviewed 24 March 2017

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...More

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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

Hi Curlytoptwin, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us and your time staying in Ohope. Wishing you all the best for the rest of your travels and 2017!

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Reviewed 23 March 2017

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...More

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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2017

Hi hmsharleyd, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a comprehensive and thoughtful review! It was awesome to hear that you had such a great time on your tour to White Island with us; most pleasing of course that you found our staff...More

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Reviewed 21 March 2017

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...More

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Reviewed 21 March 2017

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...More

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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

Hi Cornelis J, We're pleased to hear that you had such an outstanding time visiting White Island with us, and thank you for taking the time to submit your review. All the best for the rest of your travels!

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helen f
12 April 2018|
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Response from WITManagement | Property representative |
Hi Helen, Thank you for your question. We're delighted that your considering including our White Island tour as part of your New Zealand holiday itinerary. White Island is located 49kms offshore, with the journey to island... More
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chuckyu47
20 March 2018|
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Hi chuckyu47, Thank you for your interest in visiting White Island with White Island Tours. If you would like to contact our team directly, we will happily provide you with further information. Cheers!
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Amanda H
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Hi Amanda, There are no heights involved in our tour. The way the volcano has formed allows us to land you directly onto the crater floor and this is mostly flat. There are no sealed pathways etc as the island is kept as... More
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