1. New Zealand
  2. Bay of Plenty Region
  3. Whakatane
  4. White Island

White Island Day Tour from Whakatane or Rotorua

Product ID: 113053
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Get up close and personal to New Zealand’s only active marine volcano. Explore Whakaari/White Island on a day tour from Whakatane, or book the shuttle service to get picked up from Rotorua.
About this activity
Duration 6 - 9.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live guide
English

Pick-up service

Pickup and drop-off available at your Rotorua accommodation. This shuttle service operates daily, subject to availability. Due to tides, sea conditions, and operational requirements, the tour departure times vary daily. For 8:00 AM–10:00 AM boat departures in Whakatāne, the pickup from Rotorua generally occurs between 6:15 AM and 8:15 AM. The exact time is confirmed the night before via phone call from the local supplier's Sales & Reservations team. Upon reaching the local supplier's office, passengers disembark from the coach, check-in for their tour of White Island, and board one of the fleet of vessels for the day trip to Whakaari/White Island.
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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the thrill of walking around the inner crater of an active volcano
  • Get up close to roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud and hot volcanic streams
  • Learn about the island’s fascinating and often tragic mining history
Full description
Discover White Island, an active volcano, on a full-day tour from Whakatane.

Whakaari, or White Island, is one of the world’s most accessible live volcanoes. Disembark directly into the crater complex for a guided tour of the inner crater. Enjoy informative commentary on the geology of the island.

Get up close to roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcanic streams and a lake of steaming acid.

Board the boat and enjoy lunch while cruising to see the island’s outer walls, home to gannet colonies. The area is also home to dolphins and whales, and seeing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat is a great way to end the day.
Includes
  • Guided island tour (5-6 hours)
  • Transportation by comfortable vessel
  • Experienced guides
  • Vegetarian lunch
  • Safety equipment (hard hat and gas mask)
  • Transfer from Rotorua to Whakatane (shuttle bus option)

When you get there

Meeting point

White Island Rendezvous, 15 The Strand East, Whakatane

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Know before you go
• Due to sea conditions, tides and operational requirements departure times vary
• All lunches, provided in lunch boxes, are vegetarian. A gluten-free option is available for an additional fee. You are welcome to bring your own lunch.
• During the summer months, you may want to bring swimwear. If sea conditions permit, and at the discretion of the skipper, there may be an opportunity to swim off the boat after the island tour.
• If you require the shuttle service from Rotorua, bookings are essential as spaces are limited. A minimum of two passengers is required for the shuttle service to operate. If you are booking for one person, you will be informed one night prior to the tour as to whether the shuttle will operate.