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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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Touring the island on foot was amazing. We took a boat to the island on a beautiful sunny day. About 1 hour later we arrived and it was amazing. The volcano is "active" so a hard... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2016
Colin M
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Reviewed 12 April 2016 via mobile

Touring the island on foot was amazing. We took a boat to the island on a beautiful sunny day. About 1 hour later we arrived and it was amazing. The volcano is "active" so a hard hat was required and a gas mask was optional. We used the mask a couple times because of the sulfur smell got pretty strong.... More 

Thank Colin M
Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 1 March 2016

Walking on a live vulcano, in a moon-like surrounding is a once in a live-time experience. Mutch explanation from the pilot, and a nice flight.

Thank michelea78
Marietta, Georgia
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Reviewed 20 February 2016

Took the fixed-wing Cessna flight out over White Island. It was great, very smooth take off and landing, a very safe pilot, and the sights are surreal. I highly recommend this adventure! Look for pods of whales chasing schools of fish below you on the flight out and back!

1 Thank Jim_In_ATL
Toowoomba, Australia
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Reviewed 8 February 2016

bit pricy but worthy every penny.good flight over and landed on island.i had a bit of trouble but geoff and pilot helped me over hard bits.was worth the trouble as an unreal experience,stunk but had gas masks.a high must do.

1 Thank lynne f
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Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately I can't remember the name of the company that flew us out. We booked at the tourist info in Whakatane and flew out from the airport there. Very good service, very nice people. It was a awesome experience. You get to walk around a live volcano! Put it on your bucket list

Thank Gail E
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Reviewed 27 December 2015 via mobile

My first time to an active volcano. It was amazing and worth a visit. Takes about 90 minutes by boat in ont direction. We sent 2 hours with guides from Whakatane. Be preparat for some smell from the surfar, but the landskapet looks like mars.

Thank Fredrik F
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Reviewed 26 December 2015 via mobile

Amazing experience. White island is privately owned but you can visit if you make a donation to charity. In typical kiwi style, it's not overly regulated, you have to have closed toe shoes and the rest is up to you. Guided boat trips or helicopter trips will get you out there. The area is an abandoned sulfur mine/refinery and remnants... More 

Thank Craig N
Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 25 December 2015

The White Island was so beautyfull! It is quite expensive, but we do not regret spending the money at all.

Thank Anna K
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Reviewed 21 December 2015 via mobile

We were extremely lucky with an awesome day for the boat trip out to the island. I'd wanted to do the trip for many years and I wasn't disappointed. It's an amazing landscape with sulphur deposits and steam rising. There's boiling mud ponds, warm streams and a crater lake of acid. It's well worth a visit. And to top it... More 

Thank Gilligan1964
Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 December 2015

Enjoyed the boat ride out. Nice guided tour putting you up close and personal with a very active volcano. Had gas masks and glad we had them as some parts near the sulfur vents are quite intense! Amazing sulfur mining history.

Thank DaveS-JT

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