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White Island Tours

Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
+64 800 733 529
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Not often you get to see inside a volcano

If you are interested in geothermal geology, getting a taste of how the world was at the beginning... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2016
Tantranorth
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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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Amazing Experience

This is a fantastic tour with experienced guides who share a wealth of information. It is relaxed... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2016
dmgawronski
,
Greater Sydney, Australia
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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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Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

If you are interested in geothermal geology, getting a taste of how the world was at the beginning or just want to do something different, do it. We got dolphin and whale watching as a bonus there and back. Even it you don't see marine...More

Thank Tantranorth
Management response:Responded 23 October 2016

Hi Tantranorth, We were thrilled to hear that you had such a great visit to White Island with us and really enjoyed reading your informative review! Thank you for the kind recommendation, and we hope you enjoyed the rest of your visit to New Zealand!

Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a fantastic tour with experienced guides who share a wealth of information. It is relaxed enough that people of most fitness levels can participate.The exceptional staff take good care to make sure everyone is safe and enjoys the experience. This is an experience...More

1  Thank dmgawronski
Management response:Responded 30 October 2016

Hi dmgawronski, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. It was great to hear that you enjoyed visiting White Island with us and that you considered it to be "an experience not to be missed" - that is high praise indeed!

Reviewed 18 October 2016

What an adventure landing on the crater at White Island sulphur fumes every where not real good if your asthmatic but they give you a gas mask and you have a 5 minute walk to the crater edge. She was a bit noisey belching gas...More

Thank JULIECALDWELL
Management response:Responded 23 October 2016

Hi JulieCaldwell, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We were happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us and noticed that you retained many of the interesting historical facts - including that of 'Peter the Great'....More

Reviewed 18 October 2016

OMG!! So awesome. Greetings from Texas. My friend asked as I was planning my trip "Do you want to go see an active volcano?" Yes I do.... A few days before we were going to be there, the volcano erupted. The threat level was a...More

Thank Benjamin R
Management response:Responded 23 October 2016

Hi Benjamin R, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and share your experience - your enthusiasm is infectious and made it a great read! We can't help but agree, that the opportunity to visit an active volcano is not one to...More

Reviewed 17 October 2016

If you are thinking about a trip out to White Island....just do it! I am so glad we did! I am still Gobsmacked days after our visit, it is so desolate, hauntingly beautiful, treacherous and alluring. Can't wait to do it again. The 90 min...More

Thank Dawn Fergie F
Management response:Responded 23 October 2016

Hi Dawn Fergie F, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. We're thrilled you hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island Tours with us so much. We do our best to minimise the impact of rough seas, but do recommend...More

Reviewed 16 October 2016

What an experience.... We planned this part of our NZ adventure based on reviews on trip advisor and we were not disappointed.The trip out and back is not a simple pleasure cruise as the last 20 min or so is on the open ocean. The...More

Thank Dale H
Management response:Responded 17 October 2016

Hi Dale H, Thank you for taking the time to leave your review and share your experience! We're so pleased that you added White Island to your New Zealand travel schedule, and that you had such a great time visiting the island with us. It's...More

Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

I've had friends do this tour & they raved about it for months later, so when I was in Whakatane, I decided at the last moment to give it a go.... SO WORTH IT! If you love being on a very quick, reliable & well...More

Thank Donna G
Management response:Responded 13 October 2016

Hi Donna G, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your review and share your experience. We're thrilled that you decided to visit White Island with us and that you found the experience to be so worth while! You captured the uniqueness...More

Reviewed 9 October 2016

Unfortunately our planned visit day was cancelled due to poor weather, however the White Island people kept in constant contact and offered the opportunity to go the next day, weather permitting. Was impressed with the equipment and vessel(s) and the knowledge and skill of the...More

Thank Andrew M
Management response:Responded 10 October 2016

Hi Andrew M, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and share your experience. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us; we were particularly thrilled to hear that you considered it to be the...More

Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

The trip out to White Island was the highlight of my New Zealand trip. It was so surreal and really amazing to get to go on a active marine volcano. It was great. I really appreciated Pete (Peter?) He was very welcoming and very easy...More

Thank katkit77
Management response:Responded 10 October 2016

Hi katkit77, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We're thrilled to hear that you had such a great time visiting White Island with us, and in particular, appreciated the Peter's efforts. Thank you for you kind recommendation, and we hope you...More

Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We went out today, very lucky with our timing, trips the previous 2 or 3 days were cancelled. Fantastic staff, excellent guides, very safety conscious, friendly & knowledgable (thank yous to Hayden & Simone who looked after our group on the island). Visited an Indonesian...More

Thank 57kated2015
Management response:Responded 10 October 2016

Hi 57kated2015, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a comprehensive review. We're thrilled you enjoyed your time visiting White Island with us (even though the weather delayed your departure initially) and particularly loved your description about island's landscape - it truly is...More

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Jenny B
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Response from Paula D | Reviewed this property |
hi jenny I really don't think it would be suitable for children that age. there is a bit of walking over rocks and stuff. Also lots of dangerous stuff around.But an amazing trip otherwise. treat yourself and get a baby... More
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Hi there, our tour is $219 for adults and $130 for children aged 4 to 15 inclusive.
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We only booked the day before but checked the forecast first.
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