White Island Tours
Whakatane, Bay of Plenty
White Island & Moutohora Island
White Island is New Zealand’s only active marine volcano and home to New Zealand’s most impressive and accessible geothermal activity. Visitors are able to get up close to roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcanic streams and the spectacular main crater. Join the White Island Tours crew aboard the luxury cruiser ‘PeeJay’ for a unique 6 hour adventure. You can include White Island in a Coromandel - Rotorua - Hawkes Bay circuit. One of New Zealand's best!
White Island Tours also offers cruises to beautiful Moutohorā Island Bird Sanctuary.
Sitting 49km off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island, this is one of the world’s most accessible live volcanos. With the majority of the volcano sitting beneath the sea visitors are able to disembark directly into the crater complex – no mountain climbing required.
Experienced guides will lead you on a two hour exploration of the inner crater, providing a fascinating commentary on the geology of the island as well as stories of attempts to mine sulphur. Once back aboard the vessel there is time to eat the supplied packed lunch and during the summer months you may like to have a swim off the boat.
Our journey home often provides the opportunity to spend time viewing dolphins, other marine life and if we are very lucky, even whales.
A connecting shuttle service from Rotorua ($60pp) is available.
Departs 9.15am | Duration 6 hours
Moutohora Island Sanctuary
Take a short boat ride to visit one of NZ’s most restricted wildlife sanctuaries. Moutohorā (also known as Whale Island) is home to a number of endangered birds such as Grey Warblers, Tieke (Saddleback), Kākāriki (NZ parakeet), and the Little Brown Kiwi. It is also home to NZ’s living dinosaur, the Tuatara, and three other species of lizard. Visitors to the island will learn about the island’s cultural significance to the local Maori tribe which had a village based on the island in pre-European times. Along with spectacular views and beautiful bush life, visitors can dig their own personal spa on the island’s secluded hot water beach.
Departs 10am | Duration 4.5 hours
Tours are dependent on sea conditions & demand. All tours are confirmed the night prior via a phone call. Minimum age is 4 years however we recommend the tour as more suitable for children 8 years and over. Visitors to Moutohora must undergo a bio-security check prior to landing.
Price: $99 to $349
On entering Whakatane follow the signs to the Town Centre which will bring you onto a street called the The Strand. White Island Tours is located at 15 The Strand.
GROUP SIZE Please enquire
CHILD POLICY Family Friendly. Recommended minimum age 8. 4-13 years child rate.
CANCELLATION 24 hours 100% | cancellation due to weather or mechanical reasons Full Refund
SEASON Open year round
CHRISTMAS Closed Christmas Day