White Island Tour

White Island Tour

Imagine, actually walking on an active island volcano - the aptly named White Island! You can smell the excitement! Your qualified guide will inform you of the island’s geogological history with scientific information explained in an easy-to-understand manner.

Up early today and take a scenic self drive to Whakatane (about 1h 30mins from Rotoura). On arrival it's all aboard a luxury launch, specifically built for tours to White Island. Departing from Whakatane Wharf, the trip out to the island is approximately 80 minutes, depending on conditions, so there is plenty of time to take in the scenery and marine life and enjoy our commentary through the excellent microphone system on board. On the cruise you will kit up with safety gear, consisting of a hard hat and gas mask.

Upon arrival at White Island, we anchor the launch and ferry everyone over to the island via inflatable boat. There is a short ladder to climb, a steel planking system to cross, and some boulders to negotiate before reaching the shore. Then it is time to start your exploration of New Zealand’s only live marine volcano.

Trained tour guides will take you through the remains of the old sulphur mining factory and up close and personal with the bright yellow sulphur crystals. Just to top it all off, venture right up to the main crater’s edge. It’s all here, the hissing, roaring, eerie steam rising from the crater lake. After feeling the awesome power of Mother Nature, sit back, relax and indulge in one of our delicious lunches on board during the trip home. We might even be lucky enough to spend some time with dolphins, whales or the NZ Fur Seal.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Guided Nature Tours & Walks
From: Whakatane to Whakatane
Price: From (NZD) $219 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: WIT


Tour suits self driving customers as no pickups/dropoffs provided
Quality cruising aboard purpose-built vessels
Professional and experienced crew and tour guides
1.5 – 2 hour fully guided walking tour of White Island's inner crater area (note there are no rest spots or handrails during this part of the tour)
Lunch and refreshments
Safety gear (gas mask and hard hat)
Permit to land on the island
Permit to spend time with any marine life that we encounter

Tour Highlights

  • Building excitement as we journey out to the island by luxury cruise launch
  • Wearing the hard hats & gas masks
  • Hearing the earth crunch beneath our tramping boots
  • Seeing the brilliant yellow colour of the sulphur
  • Feeling the force of nature as we venture right up to the crater’s edge, amoungst the ash and steam

Schedule & Duration

  • Frequency: Daily all year round, weather permitting!
  • Departure Point: White Island Rendezvous Reception, 15 The Strand East, Whakatane – tour suits self driving customers only as no pickups or dropoffs to/from Rotorua are provided.
  • Departure Time: 7.00am, 8.00am, 10:00am, 12.30pm
  • Duration: 8 hours (Please use the above times as a guide only. Trip times can vary daily due to weather and tide times. All passengers must double check departure time the night before the scheduled tour. All passengers are contacted the night before to confirm the check-in time and weather conditions.)
  • Return Details: Concludes at original point of departure
  • Closed: Christmas Day

General Information

  • Child age is 13 years and under. We have a recommended minimum age of 8 years
  • Please use the above times as a guide only. Trip times can vary daily due to weather and tide times
  • Please bring fully enclosed shoes with good grip, warm waterproof jacket, drink/water bottle, sunscreen, camera, swimming gear is optional in summer
  • If we are unable to land due to sea or weather conditions, a full refund is given
  • Cruise on 60 or 73 foot luxury launch

Important Information

  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher

Tourism Affiliations

Tourism Industry MemberQualmark Endorsed Visitor ActivityQualmark Enviro SilverTourism Industry Winner 2006


There are 8 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.8 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

Awesome day out. It really was far out. Good, skillful, helpful crew. I missed my breakfast and told them I was hungry and they went and found me something to eat. Good knowledge on the island and I learned a lot about this type of volcano. Better still I was well inside an active volcano and that is pretty far out.
Overall Tour Rating

Had a trip to White Island. The boat was very comfortable the crew really friendly and helpful. The tour of the Island amazing the guides very informative. Lovely lunch on the way back. All crew members very friendly and full of local information. We had a wonderful day & recommend it.
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Loved this trip to White Island. The boat journey was great, we saw a big pod of dolphins right next to the boat, the boat was comfortable and the staff were good. White Island is fantastic, like being on another planet and fascinating. Tour guides were knowledgeable and overall we had a great day.
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The tour was great! Unfortunately it was a rough day making the sea trip uncomfortable. Great team! I always felt that my safety was in good hands. Lunch box was great!
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Fantastic experience, enhanced by how the operators handled the rough seas and still adapted to a different landing site and got us on and off the island safely and with fun. Knowledgeable guides, good food for lunch, overall great experience.
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The boat was very clean and the crew were very helpful and friendly. The boat ride to the island was not rough and enjoyable. The guided tour around the island was very informative and interesting. I would recommend this trip to others in Switzerland.
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We joined the White island tour! It was amazing! It was worth visiting. Everyone in the tour was so friendly. Will definitely recommend this to all my other friends. :)
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The best walk close to the Volcano (Island) - unique world, different beauty! Amazing!
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White Island Tour
Sightseeing Tours
Tour Code: WIT
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