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“Amazing place ! ”

White Island Volcano
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

This was included in our tour package and when we heard that the helicopter would 'collect' us from the lawn of our hotel ( Solitaire lodge ) we were even more excited. The ride over the area offers amazing views and then a short hop over the sea to the private island was just perfect with some dolphin watching on the way. Our pilot was an excellent guide both in the air and also on the Island and was able to offer Olathe French guests a tour in their language too ( impressive )
I'd recommend Volcanair to anyone
The surreal moonlike landscape was an amazing experience and a photographers dream.

1  Thank AndyDave
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Reviewed 19 November 2016

We were fortunate enough to explore White Island as part of a weekend dive charter with New Zealand Diving and Cascade Charters who operate out of Whakatane. And yes, if you’re a scuba diver, diving off White Island is incredible, with an abundance of sea life and a rather unique experience involving bubbles ;-)

We joined one of the Pee Jay tour groups as access to the island is only permitted with an authorised tourism operator. There’s also the fact that they provide gas masks, and no, the masks are not just a precaution. You really will need them once you get up close to the steaming sulphur vents. Our tour guide was friendly and extremely patient as we couldn’t help stopping and taking photos every few seconds. There’s a desolate beauty to this island that’s hard to describe and with so many colours it’s a real feast for the eyes. The island also has a rich and tragic past which your guide will explain as you explore the crater lake and the remains of the old sulphur processing plant.

Definitely a unique experience that’s not to be missed. For that added bit of adventure, instead of making the trip by boat, consider flying in with Frontier Helicopters who operate out of Whakatane.

3  Thank OutThere-Kiwi
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

Awesome trip
-Get to land on the volcano and learn about the history
-Pick up and drop off is downtown Rotorua
-About 3 hour long trip
-Land on the volcano and get to walk around
-Looking at the different destruction zones as well as steam vents.
-Pretty cool
-Pilot is the guide and was very knowledgeable

1  Thank sunkissedslu
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Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

We were booked to take the boat trip to White Island on a Wednesday on our way from Rotorua to Coromandel. We received a call the night before to advise us the weather was not good and unfortunately the trip was cancelled. We asked to be wait listed and happily received a call Thursday to advise we were to be accommodated on the Friday voyage. The team at White Island Tours kept us well informed as on the day of the trip we had a 3.5hour drive down from Coromandel. The trip out to the island was quite rough and a few of the passengers were sea sick. Would recommend taking travel calm/kwells before taking off as it takes 1.5hrs to get to the island. The team were very good assisting the unwell passengers. We had a 92yo in our party and unfortunately she was unable to leave the main boat to get in the inflatable to the island. Would recommend a level of fitness to be able to climb up a ladder off an inflatable and walk across uneven boulders. Once you disembark onto the island it's truly an amazing experience. The guides were very informative taking the group around the island explaining the islands history and volcanic activity. It was quite exhilarating knowing we were walking on an active volcano. The gas masks were very much appreciated as the smell of sulphur can be quite overwhelming. Thanks to Kelsey, Hayden, Mutta and skipper Lance we had a wonderful day.

2  Thank Nodd
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Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

They were sold out and made an effort to try to get us on the tour. We did end up coming back a few days later. Company does a great job communicating with you throughout the booking and super friendly. We had a few people who were sea sick on the way to the island and crew members were there to help and very knowledgeable about the island.

1  Thank cdm865
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