GetYourGuide uses cookies to give you the best possible service. If you continue browsing, you agree to the use of cookies. More details can be found in our privacy policy.

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

White Island Day Tour from Whakatane or Rotorua

Product ID: 113053
See gallery
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 tour guide

Pickup optional

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.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

Select participants and date:



  • 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.
  • 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)

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

White Island Rendezvous, 15 The Strand East, Whakatane

Open in Google Maps ⟶
Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
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.
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.7 / 5
based on 82 reviews
Review summary
Value for money

Organized by

White Island Tours

Product ID: 113053