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White Island Volcano

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Address: | White Island, Tauranga, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 27 273 4090
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

An extraordinary experience of sight, sound and smell awaits you at this...

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.

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We didn't go on the island, just around it on a cruise ship. But on a beautiful sunny day, it really is an amazing site. Lots of birds too.

Reviewed 23 March 2017
Sun City West, Arizona
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Sun City West, Arizona
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

We didn't go on the island, just around it on a cruise ship. But on a beautiful sunny day, it really is an amazing site. Lots of birds too.

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

YES! This is the best tour i have done in NZ! by far the guide was amazing she flew down closer to the dolphins then we landed on the volcano we put helmets and gass masks on the sand was boiling hot the water tastes like BLOOD! it was bright and yellow! this tour only goes on a nice day!

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Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

What more can I say, but an experience of a lifetime. Fabulous staff with alot of knowledge and friendly dispositions. Thankyou to Hayden and Amy our wonderful guides.They kept us informed and safe.A must see whilst travelling in Whakatane. If you do anything do this!

3 Thank Shari L
Bay Area Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

We were fortunate that our Holland America cruise spent a day of scenic cruising between Tauranga and Auckland. The mountain was smoking heavily with sulfur fumes wafting away. It was amazing how close we could come. The captain was able to cirle the island twice allowing amazing views.

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Crawley,West Sussex
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Reviewed 31 December 2016 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... More 

1 Thank AndyDave
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 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... More 

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Barrie, Canada
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Reviewed 12 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

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Sydney, Australia
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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... More 

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Reviewed 30 April 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... More 

1 Thank cdm865
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

A really nice boat trip to this beaitiful vulcano island, you really must do this when you are there, you can only come there by boat, you are not allowed to come there on your own. But the trip was included lunch, really very nice day.

1 Thank Marian R

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