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White Island Volcano

| White Island, Tauranga, New Zealand
+64 27 273 4090
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An extraordinary experience of sight, sound and smell awaits you at this active New Zealand marine volcano, where the always present white cloud lends a mystical touch. Travel to the Island is either by boat or helicopter and tour guides outfit you for an adventurous trek on the island where signs of volcanic activity are everywhere. Visiting White Island's active crater is a "bucket list" item for many people from around the world and most often a highlight of any trip to New Zealand.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
| White Island, Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed December 19, 2015

Enjoyed the boat ride out. Nice guided tour putting you up close and personal with a very active volcano. Had gas masks and glad we had them as some parts near the sulfur vents are quite intense! Amazing sulfur mining history.

Thank DaveS-JT
Reviewed November 25, 2015

An almost live volcano, where you can actually go to the caldera, and see the yellow bubbling water. Sulfur fumes, bubbling hot mud, hot streams and cold streams next to each other, visualizing hell is easy here. Nice boat ride through somewhat choppy waters, and...More

Thank Lalanie F
Reviewed November 18, 2015

White Island. The White Island volcano trip involves a boat journey of around 1hr 30mins followed by a transfer to the island by inflatable boat, a walk of around 1hr 20 mins and the return to Whakatane. The boat journey is not without interest and...More

Thank travellingpeter
Reviewed October 17, 2015

Truly a one of a kind experience! A real smoking volcano! Our pilot gave us a wealth of info - truly well worth going!

Thank Karla P
Reviewed September 20, 2015

something I had always wanted to do, visit an active volcano. About an hours boat trip to the Island,interesting in itself as there are attractions in the water on way and back. I was a bit worried about getting onto the Island as you do...More

Thank terence w
Reviewed September 12, 2015

This was the highlight of our trip to North Island. Ok it is expensive but to walk in an active volcano and experience the sulphur flow and acid lake is awesome. The organisation is superb and the guides were great. Lunch was adequate and filling...More

1  Thank Warren S
Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

Is was a very exciting experience to take a helicopter from Rotorua and land on an active volcano. The whole place is a sensory overload. The sights and sounds and smells of this place are amazing and indescribable. Sulphur deposits, bubbling acid mud, deadly geysers,...More

1  Thank pamelaL74
Reviewed August 12, 2015

The helicopter first took us to a snow capped mountain range where we landed to explore some of the most beautiful scenery you will see in your life with an interesting lesson thrown in about earthquakes and human evolution. We then flew on to White...More

2  Thank bes5
Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

Really enjoyed our day. Friendly and knowledgeable office and tour staff made for a good experience from start to finish.

1  Thank Lawrie B
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Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

Visited the island yesterday, I'm no good with boats and got a bit sea sick on the trip to the island, but that's me! The island itself is pretty amazing, the guides are very knowledgable and explain everything on the island itself. Had a great...More

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January 4, 2017|
Response from OutThere-Kiwi | Reviewed this property |
Hi Marcelles - it's hard to predict the conditions in advance and it really depends on the swell. When we went in December there was a large swell running thanks to storms north of New Zealand the week before. That made our... More
September 7, 2015|
Response from Andrew B | Property representative |
Hi, My apologies it you have already visited our island volcano! Anyway it is unlikely you will have any sulphur smell in your clothes and disposable clothes are not necessary. As to wearing the same pants and shoes it is... More
Venkateswaran R
July 10, 2015|
Response from Andrew B | Property representative |
Hi Venkat, Yes it is the coolest time here now but also the most beautiful. If you get it right weatherwise you can get extremely calm and clear conditions. But it is NZ and the weather varies sometimes even in one day, so... More