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White Island Volcano

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Address: | White Island, Tauranga, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 27 273 4090
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

An extraordinary experience of sight, sound and smell awaits you at this...

An extraordinary experience of sight, sound and smell awaits you at this active New Zealand marine volcano, where the always present white cloud lends a mystical touch.

Travel to the Island is either by boat or helicopter and tour guides outfit you for an adventurous trek on the island where signs of volcanic activity are everywhere.

Visiting White Island's active crater is a "bucket list" item for many people from around the world and most often a highlight of any trip to New Zealand.

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A must do for all Kiwis

We took the tour with PeeJay's on the first day they had been able to land at the island since Cyclone Ita hit.We weren't warned that conditions were going to be quite rough, but... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2014
Peter N
Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand
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Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

We took the tour with PeeJay's on the first day they had been able to land at the island since Cyclone Ita hit.We weren't warned that conditions were going to be quite rough, but that was a good thing as we would probably not have gone. Only 11 plus 4 crew on the tour, so made for a real personal... More 

Thank Peter N
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

We went to the white island, by boat, to see the volcano and it was fantastic. Pee jay tours, were very professional and informative. Highly recommend it for anyone.

1 Thank geraldine158
Dunoon, NSW. Australia
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

We had a fantastic experience on White Island. I can recommend the helicopter flight over to the island. By taking the helicopter you get a marvelous view of the active volcano while circling the island. On landing your guide takes you safely on a tour of the island and has lots of information to impart, you feel as if the... More 

2 Thank Macca_Maz
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

The reviews say it better than I could. One of the standout travel experiences I have had - and it's just down the road from our home! I would recommend both the sea tour and the flight without hesitation. The tour operators are knowledgable and friendly and helpful - the natural wonder is awe inspiring! This is a must-see for... More 

Thank KiwiWithWings80
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

WOW what an experience, to walk on a live volcano and feel the heat, smell the sulphur and see the ground bubbling beneath your feet, words cannot tell you what it's like you really must go. We took a boat with peejay tours, a great crew who are also your guides for the day, extremely knowledgeable, very friendly and safety... More 

1 Thank shazneary
Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Time and money well spent! Other people (tourists and Kiwis alike) we met on both islands recommended the boat excursion. The boat trip out, tour itself, and return voyage were highlighted by knowledgeable and friendly staff. The island is almost surreal. The guides and boat crew are to be commended for their friendliness and for sharing general knowledge of the... More 

Thank rambler54
Geelong, Australia
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

We flew with Frontier Helicopters from Whakatane airport, take the first flight of the day, we had the helli and the island to ourselves, $650 per person, but as a real treat this was hard to beat, the sound of the volcano and the visual experience up close is just mind blowing. Frontier were so professional, great pilot/guide, the boat... More 

1 Thank Stephen G
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

We took the helicopter to White Island and it was the experience of a lifetime. As we were on the earliest possible flight, we had the island to ourselves which, in itself, was a fantastic feeling. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the island and we always aware of the "do's and don't's" of being on an active volcano. It... More 

1 Thank Robert H
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 20 March 2014 via mobile

What a fantastic day. Could not recommend highly enough. Helpful and informative staff on the ship. The majestic pod of common dolphin playing with the ship(about 20). The island itself just awesome. The hour and half spent on the island goes in flash. The light lunch given on the ship just right. When visiting New Zealand is a must.

Thank Glenys K
Rostock, Germany
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Reviewed 14 March 2014 via mobile

I took a helicopter flight to the only one existing active vulcano island from Rotorura. It was an remarkable flight and I could also get an overview over the landscape of Rotorura. This is just a oncer if you consider the price but really worth it!

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