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White Island Tours

Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
+64 800 733 529
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Amazing staff and wonderful sight

The afternoon trip to White Island was super. The crater was clear as the steam rose high in the... read more

Reviewed 30 November 2016
Diane M
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North Vancouver
Worth the rough seas

Amazing how a 1.5m swell can make one question their trip out to White Island... it was certainly... read more

Reviewed 28 November 2016
Michael H
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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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Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
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Reviewed 30 November 2016

The afternoon trip to White Island was super. The crater was clear as the steam rose high in the sky instead of blowing into the crater. The staff guided us around the crater explaining volcano activity, safety, history of the crater and were able to...More

Thank Diane M
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2016

Hi Diane M, 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, and were particularly chuffed to hear that our staff had such a positive impact on your...More

Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Amazing how a 1.5m swell can make one question their trip out to White Island... it was certainly rough the day we went out with plenty of people making use of the bags.... but once you arrive at the island all is forgotten. What an...More

Thank Michael H
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2016

Hi Michael H, Thank you for taking the time to post your review and share your experience. We were pleased to read that you had such a great time visiting White Island with us and that you found our guided tour so informative. Much care...More

Reviewed 26 November 2016

I booked this trip for my partner and I because he loved volcanoes as a kid but I wasn't expecting to get much out of it. The day turned out to be one of the highlights of our time in NZ. Walking around a live...More

Thank Anna M
Management response:Responded 28 November 2016

Hi Anna M, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. It was great to hear that your visit to White Island exceeded expectations and ended up being a highlight of your time in NZ! That is high praise indeed and most appreciated...More

Reviewed 24 November 2016

To have the opportunity to see an active volcano at such close range is something we will never forget...the beautiful colours, the noise, the smells and the overwhelming realization of the sheer power of nature. Thanks to the well organised, friendly and knowledgeable crew and...More

Thank Anne3216
Management response:Responded 28 November 2016

Hi Anne3216, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review and share your experience. We were thrilled to hear that you had such a great time visiting White Island with us and hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels. All the best!

Reviewed 22 November 2016

Fabulous trip, one of the top highlights of many great experiences on my tour of New Zealand. The organisation of the boat trip was great, the staff, crew, and guides were all personable and knowledgeable. The boat trip to and from the island was great,...More

Thank BassettHound33
Management response:Responded 24 November 2016

Hi BassettHound33, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. It was great to hear that you had such a fabulous trip to White Island with us and enjoyed the uniqueness of the island and the chance to see some of our region's...More

Reviewed 15 November 2016

One of the best experiences we had. The only live volcano in New Zealand. It was thrilling to walk around the island with the volcanic fumes coming out from every where.More

Thank Sunil S
Management response:Responded 17 November 2016

Hi Sunil S, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us. For it to be considered 'one of the best experiences we had' is high praise indeed and...More

Reviewed 14 November 2016

Highlight of our time in the North Island. Absolutely amazing to wander around inside an active volcano - the guides were very informative and I always felt safe. You absolutely cannot miss this - well and truly worth your time and money.More

Thank Elyse O
Management response:Responded 17 November 2016

Hi Elyse O, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review and share your experience. It was great to hear that you considered your visit to White Island to be the highlight of your time in the North Island. We particularly enjoyed your...More

Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Great trip. Boat crew very professional. Trip felt more of an adventure than just a trip. A must do.

Thank KiwiLips
Management response:Responded 17 November 2016

Dear KiwiLips, It was great to hear that you enjoyed your time visiting White Island with us. Thank you for the kind recommendation and we hope that you enjoyed the rest of your travels!

Reviewed 14 November 2016

A very friendly crew, a spacious boat and a really great destination. The crew take safety vary seriously which is warranted given the nature of the destination. The tour felt unhurried and there was ample time to take in the impressive sights and sounds of...More

Thank sharkbear
Management response:Responded 22 November 2016

Hi sharkbear, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your tour to White Island with us and hope that you enjoyed the rest of your travels in the area. All the best!

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...More

Thank possum88
Management response:Responded 16 November 2016

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...More

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Jenny B
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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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Response from WhiteIslandTours | Property representative |
Hi there, our tour is $219 for adults and $130 for children aged 4 to 15 inclusive.
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Ann H
25 July 2016|
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Response from Schosta | Reviewed this property |
We only booked the day before but checked the forecast first.
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