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Address: Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
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Join the White Island Tours crew aboard the luxury cruiser 'PeeJay' for a 6...

Join the White Island Tours crew aboard the luxury cruiser 'PeeJay' for a 6 hour adventure to explore New Zealand's only active marine volcano - White Island.

Sitting 49km off the coast of New Zealand's North Island, this is one of the world's most accessible live volcanos. With the majority of the volcano sitting beneath the sea it means we are able to disembark directly into the crater complex - no mountain climbing required.

Being a live volcano there is little doubt that White Island is home to New Zealand's most impressive geothermal activity. Visitors are able to get up close to 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.

Experienced guides will lead visitors on a two hour exploration of the inner crater, providing a fascinating commentary on the geology of the island as well as stories of attempts to mine sulphur. Along with volcanic and geothermal features, you will see the remains of the sulphur factory which have survived multiple eruptions since being abandoned in the 1930s.

Once back aboard PeeJay there may be time for a swim from the boat before being served a light packed lunch which can be enjoyed while viewing the outer walls of the island where Pohutukawa forests grow and large Australasian Gannet colonies exist.

Our journey home often provides the opportunity to spend time viewing dolphins, whales and other marine life. We hold the necessary government permits to interact with these animals and it's a great way to end an already amazing day.

Tours depart daily (weather permitting) from Whakatane.

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Take a sea ride and enjoy a live volcano

What do I most remember. The care and consideration of the staff. The vivid colour yellow from a new fumarole. The feeling of freedom as you explore. The tracks are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 September 2016
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Whakatane, New Zealand
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Whakatane, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

What do I most remember. The care and consideration of the staff. The vivid colour yellow from a new fumarole. The feeling of freedom as you explore. The tracks are obvious but have variations to suit physical ability. Do not fall over the edge.

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WhiteIslandTours, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this review

Hi Lee B, We always love hearing from locals who have visited the island with us, so thank you for taking the time to submit a review. We are thrilled you had such a great time! More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

This was one of the most interesting tours that I have been on while in New Zealand. Felt a little sea sick on way over and staff were very helpful - would recommend anti nausea tablets ! The island was very interesting and the landscape was amazing. The lunch provided was good also.

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WhiteIslandTours, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this review

Hi cindynew2016 Thank you for taking the time to post a review and share your experience. We’re sorry to hear that you fell sick on the trip over to the island. We do our best to minimise the impact of rough seas and recommend “Sea Legs” for those who might be prone to sea-sickness. These are best taken when going... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

What an incredible place. Pretty expensive but when else are you going to have the opportunity to walk on an active volcano.

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WhiteIslandTours, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this review

Hi Shaun F, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We were thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us and share your appreciation for how truly unique it is to experience walking on an active volcano first hand!! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Our three boys (aged 15, 13 and 10) loved this trip. It was a calm day, but the trip over was still quite rough. I would take some tablets before you leave if you are prone to sea sickness. Two of our boys have asthma, but were not bothered by the smell or air. We gave Ventolin just before we... More 

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WhiteIslandTours, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this review

Hi Lisa O, We're thrilled to hear that you and your boys had such a great time touring White Island with us and that no one experienced any issues. As a precaution, we advise any visitors who suffer from asthma or other respiratory issues to please bring with them their medication. Likewise, for anyone who is prone to sea-sickness. Thank... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Wanted to see an active volcano and what a way to do so. We were lucky as there had been activity on the island the day before our tour and the weather was a concern but it turned out to be a fine day and the alert level on the island remained at 3. The tour company do keep you... More 

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Hi Brian C, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a comprehensive review and share your experience. We’re pleased to hear that conditions were so favourable for your visit and that you had such an enjoyable time whilst on the island – what a bonus to experience a slight rumble! Wishing you all the best for the rest... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

This tour was really well organized from start to finish. We had Hayden and Fiona looking after us on the island - they are both clearly passionate about the island. Both were willing to answer any questions asked of them. Hayden is clearly a people person! We had lunch on the boat whole returning from the island. I'm a big... More 

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Hi Cindy M, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review! Hayden & Fiona will be pleased to hear that you had such a great time. Enjoy the rest of your travels! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Hayden (the tour guide) is cool as and knows nearly everything about the island so don't be afraid to ask him anything. Me and my partner went on the 13th of September when it had a minor eruption and had an awesome experience. This is a must!!

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Hi Peter H, Thank you for your review. What an exciting time to visit the island… it’s not every day you can say you were on an active volcano during an eruption! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed the experience and thank you for your recommendation! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

We did the White Island tour today and it was AMAZING! If you only do one tour do this one. The staff were brilliant, particularly Haydon who was so passionate about his job and shared so much information with us. We spent a good hour and a half on the volcano which was a once in a life time experience.... More 

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Hi Julie S, Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. We’re so pleased to hear that you had such a great time on the tour and thank you kindly for your recommendation. All the best for the rest of your travels! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Although this is quite expensive, it is well worth doing. The guide was very informative and friendly and was quite thorough in terms of safety. It was very interesting and an amazing experience. We even saw lots of dolphins on the way back. I suggest bringing your own food if you're a fussy eater as there is no choice on... More 

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Hi Beckyemj, Thank you so much for your review! We’re glad you enjoyed your day visiting White Island with us, including the opportunity to view some dolphins on the trip back! Thank you for your feedback on the food. We realise that everyone has different tastes in food and have developed a packed lunch that is suitable (and hopefully enjoyed)... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

We searched for 'live volcano' when booking this holiday. We could either go to Hawaii (too expensive for this trip), Indonesia (questionable safety) or White Island NZ. Very glad we chose NZ. Our tour was delayed due to weather but it was worth the wait. Great guides, very friendly, plenty of them and full of information they were willing to... More 

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Hi Helen B, Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. We’re thrilled that you made the decision to come to New Zealand and visit White Island with us. It was great to hear that you had such an enjoyable time, and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your travels in New Zealand. More 

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