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About White Island Tours
Cruise across the pristine waters of the Bay of Plenty to Whakaari/White Island – New Zealand’s most active volcano. After being fitted with hard hats and gas masks, guides will lead you on an exploration of the crater floor. Experience 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. After the time on the island, lunch will be served back on the boat, whilst the area is also home to dolphins, whales, and other marine life, and viewing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat is a great way to end the day. Tours depart daily (weather permitting) from Whakatāne. For those wishing to stay in Whakatāne, we recommend the White Island Rendezvous motel, which is also the check-in location for our tours.
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Organisation is tip top as it’s a fairly hectic check in process. Once on the boat, the crew make themselves well known and are extremely friendly, helpful and most of all professional. Yes it’s a long trip out to the island, but with the water...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Crew were lovely, helpful and informative and the volcano itself was super cool! They were especially caring regarding sea sickness haha.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Adam_Pratt2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Did this tour a part of a cruise ship excursion so we had a 90 minute bus ride before we got on the boat for another 90 minute ride out to White Island! We were given life jackets for the transfer from the boat to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank hippo63
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were thoroughly impressed with the vessel and crew. Very helpful and solicitous of their passengers. The gases on the island were difficult even with the gas mask. Only for the adventurous in my book. Glad we went.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank tavel512
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fabulous trip on this active volcanic island with super knowledgeable Sarah getting us all excited about geological facts...really knows her stuff. Made it so interesting nearly forgot to take photos. Gaia was great to chat to about the pod of dolphins that swam alongside the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank SummerS529
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora SummerS529, It was great to have you join us on our tour of Whakaari/White Island, and we thank you for taking the time to post this review. Please come back anytime! Cheers!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely superb in every way! Somewhere I had wanted to visit on previous trips to NZ but didn't manage to but this time we did! Now crossed off my bucket list.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lyn o
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Lyn o, We really appreciate you taking the time to post this review to share your experience, thank you!!

Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the White Island Tour with the Celebrity cruise excursion center since that was the only way to book it from our cruise. The drive was long from our ship to the wharf followed by a long boat ride to the island. It was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank OregonResident
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora OregonResident, Thank you for taking the time to post your review, we'r thrilled you enjoyed your tour of Whakaari/White Island with us so much that you considered it a 'once in a lifetime experience'. High praise indeed, thank you!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Not only is this a unique experience it would be hard to duplicate anywhere else in the world - where can you walk through an active volcano - it is brought to you by an excellently run company. Best tour I've taken in quite a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Richard R
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Richard, We often say that "touring Whakaari/White Island is an experience not to be missed", so it was great to hear that you came away sharing those sentiments after your recent tour. Your feedback is most appreciated and will be shared amongst our...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is once in a lifetime stuff. The visit to White Island is a humbling experience. The forces of nature can't be beaten. The half day excursion is great. The boat trip outbound was a bit choppy and some passengers were a little queasy. But...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Mother Nature: she sure jaw-dropping and awe-inspiring! We were thrilled to receive your review, LXdaddy, and thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Cheers!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is without doubt a unique and worthwhile xperience but it is expensive for a half day excursion. The boat ride is approx 1.20 each way so you only get about 1.15 on the island. The boat takes about 40 people if full and is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jasmine38Chichester
WITManagement, Manager at White Island Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia ora Jasmine38Chichester, Thank you for taking the time to post such a comprehensive review. It was great to hear that you enjoyed your tour to Whakaari/White Island with us. Your feedback regarding the price of our tour is taken on board constructively, however, we...More

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Perthmum65
16 January 2019|
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Response from WhiteIslandTours | Property representative |
Hi there, We do occasionally have passengers that have their asthma triggered by the gases. We ask all passengers to alert us at the time of check-in should they have asthma, this just ensures our guides can keep a closer... More
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205Daniel72
9 December 2018|
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Response from WhiteIslandTours | Property representative |
Hi Daniel, Yes we do. This can be booked either on our website or by calling us on 0800 733 529. On its website it is called "Tour of White Island ex Rotorua". Kind regards, Patrick
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sweify54
6 October 2018|
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Has to be 'Seen to be Beieved' If you are looking for a 'Once in a lifetime opportunity' and have the cash, NZ road trip to experience 'White Island as an Andesite Stratovolcano is truly amazing and has to be 'Seen to be... More
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