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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Shari L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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!

1 Thank Shari L
Bay Area Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Jarobinstx
Crawley,West Sussex
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank OutThere-Kiwi
Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

1 Thank sunkissedslu
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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

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