Sitting 49km off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island, visitors will be welcomed aboard one of our launches (60-foot PeeJay IV, 60-foot Phoenix or 62-foot Predator) for an 80-minute journey out to the island.
White Island is one of the world’s most accessible live volcanoes, with the majority of the volcano sitting beneath the sea. Upon arrival at the island visitors will disembark directly into the crater complex to join our experienced and knowledgeable guides on a guided exploration of the inner crater, providing a fascinating commentary on the geology of the island and man’s attempts to mine Sulphur.
Being an active volcano there is little doubt that White Island is home to New Zealand's most impressive geothermal activity with visitors 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.
After the time on the island, lunch will be served back on the boat as we cruise to see the outer walls of the island, abundant with Pōhutukawa and Australasian Gannet colonies. 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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