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White Island Tours

Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
+64 800 733 529
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Great day out on an active volcano!

What an adventurous day out, absolutely loved it. The team were so professional and informative. A... read more

Reviewed 2 November 2017
tweedd
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Auckland, New Zealand
Walk in a live volcano!!

My husband and I is this tour on the “Phoenix” boat last Friday 27/10/17 and found it to be an... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2017
cleonerobson
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Sydney, Australia
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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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Reviewed 2 November 2017

What an adventurous day out, absolutely loved it. The team were so professional and informative. A huge thank you to Hayden, Rachel, Sarah and Cole, you were all brilliant. It was only Cole's second day out and he did a stirling job. Being so close...More

Thank tweedd
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Hi tweedd, It was great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us and thank you for your review!

Reviewed 1 November 2017

My husband and I is this tour on the “Phoenix” boat last Friday 27/10/17 and found it to be an awesome experience. The guides were well,informed, kept an eye on you from the time you boarded the boat for the hour or so trip to...More

Thank cleonerobson
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2017

Hi cleonerobson, We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us, and thank you for taking the time to post your review and share your experience. Cheers!

Reviewed 31 October 2017

We departed Whakatane harbour in overcast conditions for an hour 30 min trip to White Island. The boat was well equipped and the staff very safety conscious, constantly checking that the passengers were comfortable. On the trip out the staff gave good commentary about the...More

1  Thank Kiwiseeingtheworld
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Hi Kiwiseeingtheworld, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. It was great to hear that in tricky weather conditions, the efforts of our staff (both on the boat and island) really helped make the experience for you. This is something we're most...More

Reviewed 23 October 2017

It's an hour and 20 to get to the island by boat (you can also helicopter there). The guides walk you around. They have great knowledge of the volcano....from the history of the attempted mining and the accidents, to the temperatures and pH levels of...More

Thank KiwiinOz2014
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Hi KiwiinOz2014, Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us including, the scenery, history and our packed lunch! We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels - cheers!

Reviewed 21 October 2017

A lovely day, a boat trip of an hour and 20 minutes to the island, including full information updates of what we were passing and what was coming up. An effortless disembarkation from boat to rubber dingy, and a three step climb up a ladder...More

Thank Wayne A
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Hi Wayne A, Thank you for taking the time to write your review and share your experience. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your tour to White Island with us and we appreciate the kind recommendation. Cheers!

Reviewed 17 October 2017

Imagine walking around an active volcano. You can do it for real. This is a great day out with expert guides and boat crew. Well worth the money. It was great to learn of the history of the past mining activity and to still see...More

1  Thank Peter G
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Hi Peter G, It was great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us, and we thank you for taking the time to post your review and share your experience. Cheers!

Reviewed 7 October 2017

It would be hard to find fault. A fantastic and interesting trip. Too much to describe to do it justice. Just go. Staff, helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Boat clean and tidy and comfortable. An impromptu visit by a pod of Orca en route was an...More

Thank Rod-the-Plod
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Hi Rod-the-Plod, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We're thrilled to hear that you had such a great time visiting White Island with us including, the well-orchestrated (haha) Orca encounter! Cheers!

Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

The trip out to White Island sounded like something that couldn’t be missed. There aren’t that many live volcanoes in the world to look into and even less out at sea with an easily accessible crater at the top. The boat trip out took about...More

Thank W3Z
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2017

Hi W3Z, Thank you taking the time to post your review and share your experience. We were delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us, and most proud to hear that one of your highlights was the care and consideration...More

Reviewed 3 October 2017

White Island Tours takes daily boat tours to White Island (amongst other excursions). It is a 1:50hr trip out to the Island that can be rough at times, but the Island is amazing and well worth a visit... when else can you visit an active...More

Thank Pounamu-s
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Hi Pounamu, We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour to White Island with us, and that you found the experience to be "amazing and well worth a visit" - this is high praise indeed!! Thank you for taking the time to post...More

Reviewed 24 September 2017

This trip is a must do. The Team at White Island Tours and the crew on our trip were just fantastic. They were very helpful and patient as some of our group had limited mobility. We can highly recommend this experience to all and would...More

1  Thank Justin H
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2017

Hi Justin, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We had a great time showcasing White Island to one of our fellow Local Businesses and are thrilled to hear that you all enjoyed the day as much as we did! Cheers!

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Amanda H
17 November 2017|
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Response from WhiteIslandTours | Property representative |
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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Jenny B
31 January 2017|
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Response from Paula D | Reviewed this property |
hi jenny I really don't think it would be suitable for children that age. there is a bit of walking over rocks and stuff. Also lots of dangerous stuff around.But an amazing trip otherwise. treat yourself and get a baby... More
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Patchjudy
15 December 2016|
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Hi there, our tour is $219 for adults and $130 for children aged 4 to 15 inclusive.
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