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White Island Tours

Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
+64 800 733 529
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Very good service provided by friendly staff.A dont miss experience

An experience that will never be forgotten.Very well conducted by the White Island Tours staff. It... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
Robert H
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Whakatane, New Zealand
'walk on a live volcano'

Decided to add the white island trip into our jaunt around the north island whilst following the... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
SimonBrooks
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Brentwood, Essex, UK
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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 11 July 2017

An experience that will never be forgotten.Very well conducted by the White Island Tours staff. It was fantastic to be able to walk inside an active volcanic crater and see the activity of the steam vents, boiling crater lake, running hot water streams, smell and...More

Thank Robert H
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Hi Robert H, We really appreciate you taking the time to post your review and share your experience. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your visit White Island and the chance to walk around it's inner crater, and that you came away feeling...More

Reviewed 11 July 2017

Decided to add the white island trip into our jaunt around the north island whilst following the Lions rugby tour. What an amazing place, definitely something that should be on any ones schedule if touring NZ. Great company with comfortable boats to get you out...More

Thank SimonBrooks
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Hi SimonBrooks, Firstly - what a series result, eh? Who could of predicted a draw! We're so pleased you chose to visit White Island during your time in New Zealand and that you had such a brilliant time. We had many Lions supporters along for...More

Reviewed 11 July 2017

Usually you have to climb to see inside a volcano. At White Island amazingly you can walk right up to the edge without the climb. Stark, active with steam vents and sulphur arising from the rocky landscape. White Island Tours were very organised and made...More

Thank 934shirleyp
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Hi 934shirleyp, Thank you for taking the time to post your review, we're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us and found it to be a "once in a lifetime experience". Cheers!

Reviewed 11 July 2017

We were given vouchers for this trip and it was awesome. The White Island Tours team kept us informed via telephone in regard to if an when the boat would be leaving (the trip is weather dependent). They were friendly and helpful. The boat trip...More

Thank FlowersRoss
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Hi FlowersRoss, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We're pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us and found our team to be so friendly and helpful. That is high praise and most appreciated, thank you!

Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Pretty much what you will read under the 5 star reviews. Yes, having motion sickness tablet prior boarding might help if you sensitive. Children aged 11/9/6 all quite capable to do it, the 6 years old had no issue walking it and the staff on...More

Thank mofrills
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Hi Mofrills, It was great to hear that the whole family enjoyed their visit to White Island with us, and we thank you for taking the time to share your experience and post this review! Cheers!

Reviewed 20 June 2017

I cannot recommend this trip enough! Very few can claim to have walked on an active volcano and this trip will give you just that experience! What makes this trip truly amazing is the guides on the boat that bring the tragic history of the...More

Thank Adam B
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2017

Hi Adam, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us and (in particular) our 'amazing' guides. I'm sure Kelsey, Rachel and Pete will be thrilled to hear that they...More

Reviewed 20 June 2017

We were planning to go on a Wednesday, but unfortunately the tour got cancelled because of high winds — a real possibility. We had planned to only have one day in town and were really bummed to miss it, but finagled our schedule to come...More

Thank kshrinath26
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2017

Hi Kshrinath26, Thank you kindly for taking the time to post your review and share your experience. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your tour to White Island with us, including the cruise out to the island and the thrill that standing on...More

Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

How many people can say that they've walked around the crate of an active volcano. Wow, what an experience. A gentle cruise across took about 90 minutes before stepping into a landscape unlike anything I've experienced before. Raging steam vents hissing and roaring and mud...More

Thank plod999uk
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

Hi plod999uk, How very true, there are not many people who can say that! We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us, including the chance to visit White Island's unique landscape first hand, hear its tragic mining history...More

Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

This was one of the most amazing tours I have ever experienced. The staff were friendly and knowledgable and lunch was yummy! It was so exciting but scary at the same time to be standing on an active Marine Volcano! We were provided with gas...More

Thank Kelly B
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2017

Hi Kelly B, It was great to hear that you enjoyed your tour to White Island with us, and we thank you for taking the time to post your review. All the best for the rest of your travels!

Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Just got off the boat. Highly recommend this tour. The ride out & back takes a while but well worth the trip. The crew were very helpful and very professional throughout the entire 6 hour tour. Kelsey, Rachel & Peter were I. Hand throughout the...More

Thank Diane C
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2017

Hi Diane C, We really appreciate you taking the time to post your review and share your experience. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to White Island with us and I'm sure Kelsey, Rachel and Peter will be pleased to hear...More

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Jenny B
31 January 2017|
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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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Response from WhiteIslandTours | Property representative |
Hi there, our tour is $219 for adults and $130 for children aged 4 to 15 inclusive.
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Response from Schosta | Reviewed this property |
We only booked the day before but checked the forecast first.
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