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White Island Tours
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

I have always wanted to visit White Island. My brother was visiting from the UK and it seemed a perfect opportunity.
I can’t speak highly enough about the crew who were professional, helpful, knowledgeable and respectful to the volcano and its people. What more could you ask for?
I recommend staying in the attached Motel for a seamless start.
Thank you for a most memorable day trip to a truly unique place like nothing else on earth. A special thanks to Sarah (guide) whose passion for her job and subject shines through.

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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

Hi Buckwel,
We're so pleased to hear that you and your brother enjoyed your visit to White Island with us - what a great adventure to take with your sibling!! No doubt, Sarah, will be thrilled to hear that she had such a positive impact on your day, so we will be sure to pass this feedback along. Cheers!

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

We had a great time - it's expensive but worth it for the unique experience. The guides are knowledgeable (happy to invent an answer if they're not sure!) and the tour is well managed. See a volcano close up in amazing. The catamaran boat is quicker and got back about 30 minutes before the other, just something to bear in mind if you're a big group.

Thank 77GBUK
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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour to White Island with us, and thank you for taking the time to post your review.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Lucky with the weather in April. No rain, sunshine all day long and a great boat trip to the volcano island. Great guides too. Sounds expensive but it's a boat trip out 50k to a volcano, a guided tour which is super interesting and fun, and the boat trip back plus a snack included. We are very glad we did it. Stinks like hell, is basically hell, but cool to see.

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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Hell? Aw, that might be a bit harsh, ValGermany! haha
Thank you for your review, we're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us, and appreciate you sharing your experience! Cheers!

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

The boat trip to the island is not too long, plenty of informative commentary on the way three & back. Hard hats and gas masks handed out, and definitely need the mask. The landscape is spectacular but the sulphur extremely strong. Our guide was full of information without sounding like a textbook. A quick dip when back to the boat and a lunch provided. We did spot some dolphins on our return just to finish the trip off.

Thank calnor
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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Hi Calnor,
We really appreciate you taking the time to post you review, and share you experience! Cheers!

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We had a great day with the crew of white island tours. The weather was just perfect to go out. On the way to the island we saw many dolphins right in front of the boat jumping and having fun!
The crew gave us much information about all the nature around us as well as about the white island.

After 75 Minutes right in the bay of the island we were seated on a small boat and brought to the beach. The safety equipment was pretty new and we felt very safe through the whole tour. Our guide (we split up in smaller groups) had a great knowledge and good humour to take us over the island. It was so fascinating, seeing and active volcano and standing right on it! We had a lot of time to take photos and ask questions.

On the way back we saw some flying fish as well! The light meal was bread with a super sauce on it (no clue what it was, but it was good), a cake, two cookies and an apple. Nice!

We'd like to thank the great crew for our wonderful day, the experience and the knowledge we gained.

I recommend this tour! Do it!

Thank Peter H
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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Hi Peter,
Thank you for your informative review. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your tour of White Island, the boat journey and lunch. Your kind recommendation is most appreciated. Cheers!

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