Whakaari is one of the world's most accessible volcanoes with 70% of the volcano located beneath sea level
Located 49km off the coast of Whakatāne, the tour begins with a cruise across the pristine waters of the Eastern Bay of Plenty
After being issued with a hard-hat and gas mask visitors join our experienced and knowledgeable guide on a fully-guided exploration of the crater floor.
Visitors spend up to 90mins exploring Whakaari's moon-like crater complex.
Being an active volcano there is little doubt that Whakaari/White Island is home to New Zealand's most impressive geothermal activity.
The volcano is abundant with sulphur
During the guided tour, visitors get up close to roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcanic streams, and the amazing lake of steaming acid.
The main crater lake!
This fully-immersive tour is a sensory explosion!
Once back on the boat, lunch is served for the journey home.
The waters between Whakatāne and Whakaari are home to dolphins, whales and other marine life, and viewing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat are a great way to start/end the day!
Whakaari/White Island: New Zealand's most active volcano
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Being an active volcano there is little doubt that Whakaari/White Island is home to New Zealand's most impressive geothermal activity. Visitors are able to get up close to roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcanic streams and the amazing lake of steaming acid.
Experienced guides will lead visitors on an exploration of the inner crater, providing a fascinating commentary on the geology of the island as well as stories of attempts to mine sulphur.
Back aboard the vessel, there is time to enjoy a delicious packed lunch whilst the journey home often provides the opportunity to spend time viewing dolphins, whales, and other marine life.
Tours depart daily (weather permitting).
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White Island Tours,
15 The Strand East, Whakatāne, Whakatane, Bay of Plenty,
3120, New Zealand.
Business hours: Open every day except Christmas Day. 6.30am - 9.00pm Winter, 6.30am - 10.00pm Summer.
Months of operation: All months of the year
Facilities and Features
Proximity to airport: 8km
Proximity to coach terminal: 300m
Proximity to town: 300m
Pricing and Conditions
$229.00 - $389.00
Child (15 year(s) and under) $130.00 - $290.00
Age restriction: 6
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