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White Island Tours - Cruise & Guided Tour of Volcano Crater

Join White Island Tours on a journey to discover the incredible live volcano that is White Island and get up close to amazing geothermal activity on this truly unique and awe inspiring adventure.

Highlights

  • Get an epic 1 - 1.5 hour fully guided walking tour of White Island's inner crater area
  • Enjoy quality cruising aboard purpose-built vessels
  • Travel with a professional and experienced crew and tour guides
  • Relish a delicious light packed lunch and filter water

Departing from Whakatane, in the Bay of Plenty, you’ll join our friendly crew aboard our luxury cruiser and head 49km off the coast towards White Island, New Zealand’s only active marine volcano.

Upon arrival, we’ll disembark directly into the crater complex. No climbing is required as this is one of the world’s most accessible live volcanoes.

Our experienced and knowledgeable guides will take you on a fascinating guided tour to explore White Island’s inner crater.

Hear about the interesting history and geology of White Island as you discover first hand the magic of this sensational volcano.

Get up close to roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcanic streams, the amazing lake of steaming acid and see the remains of the island’s sulphur factory.

Following your once in a lifetime journey into a volcano crater we will depart for the return trip to Whakatane.

Enjoy a packed lunch as we cruise and see the outer walls of White Island, abundant with Pohutukaka 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 an already amazing day.

 

You’re only a few clicks away from what can only be described as a truly unique and awe inspiring adventure…

Duration: Approx 5/6 hours including 1 to 1.5 hours on the crater

Departures: 15 The Strand East, Whakatane, Bay of Plenty. Trips usually depart between 8am and 10am.

Please note that this tour is weather dependent and you will be contacted by White Island Tours between 7pm and 8pm the night prior to your tour to confirm that it is operating and the exact time of departure.

 

Adult $229.00
Child $130.00

What's included

  • Safety gear (gas mask and hard hat)
  • Permit to land on the island
  • Department of Conservation permit to spend time with any marine mammals that we encounter

Notes

  • Please Note: Child Age is 15 years and under. We recommend that children be at least 8 years of age however the final decision rests with the parent or caregiver. The minimum age is 6 years.

Available Bookings from October 16 to October 22

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Wed 16 Oct
Thu 17 Oct
Fri 18 Oct
Sat 19 Oct
Sun 20 Oct
Mon 21 Oct
Tue 22 Oct

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$229.00
  • Child$130.00

11spaces priced from:

  • Adult$185.00
  • Child$130.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Emeline from France wrote on 19 September 2019

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Amazin

Just an amazing aventure you can't miss out!! The crew are so so nice the lunch it's so good and the tour on the island is the best!! 😁

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Leone from Australia wrote on 18 September 2019

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Best tour. Do yourself a favour

Totally 100% every cent. Informative guides, attentive staff on the boat ( which was exceptionally clean) We would recommend everyone do this tour the

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Faye from New Zealand wrote on 25 May 2019

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Amazing experience

The crew and especially the skippers were very accommodating and supportive of my daughter. Making sure she was able to enjoy the whole tour despite her medical conditions. This company is so inclusive and I take my hat off to them. It was an awesome experience and the best birthday she's ever had. Thanks White Island Tours!

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Alan McGill from New Zealand wrote on 24 May 2019

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Another bucket list item ticketed off

What a day, the sky was blue, the temperature mild, the boat trip superb, the guides knowledgeable, entertaining but very proffessional. The Island behavioued itself. We enjoyed our trip out and was the highlight of our holiday.

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Nicola from United Kingdom wrote on 14 May 2019

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Geographers’ delight

Having studied geography at degree level many decades ago, I had never been on an active volcano. The White Island Tour finally fulfilled one of my ‘to do’ experiences and I loved it. A modern catamaran took us quickly and smoothly to the Island where we spent about an hour and a half exploring different aspects of an active marine volcano. Properly equipped with hard hats and gas masks, we were able to take our time close to the crater and understand the nature of the volcano, it’s formation and seismic activity. Guides were well informed and communicated well. We were safely guided around the Island observing different aspects past eruptions and current activity. We also observed the ruins of a sulphur mining factory, with all the challenges workers faced. Back on the boat, the Captain took us on a tour around the Island during which a picnic lunch was provided and on the way back time was taken to enjoy the company of a pod of short beaked common dolphin and grey petrels. Highly recommend this trip.

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From White Island Tours - Cruise & Guided Tour of Volcano Crater

Kia ora Nicola, Thank you for taking the time to post this review, we're thrilled (as a Geographer) that you had such a great day touring Whakaari/White Island with us. Cheers.

10:00 a.m.Thursday 13 July

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