White Island Tours

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Imagine walking on one of the world’s most accessible marine volcanoes, where the ground hisses beneath your feet and pools of thick, bubbling mud spring up from the sulfur-tinged Earth. This is the scene on White Island off the coast of Whakatane, where a lunar landscape full of geothermal vents rises up from the cobalt sea. There’s no lava on White Island—since the vent is underwater—but the steam and sulfur are eerie enough for first time volcano visitors. The remains of an abandoned sulfur mine helps add to the scene of destruction, where ten workers lost their lives in a 1914 lahar. Today, White Island is best accessed by boat from Whakatane, or by helicopter, plane, and flightseeing tours that circle the steaming vent. It’s also a popular fishing site with spectacular offshore diving, and while volcanologists continue to study the geothermal vents, there’s really no saying when White Island will suddenly erupt again.  

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Strong, sturdy, closed toed shoes are required for walking on White Island, and all the tours—both boat and air—are entirely weather dependent. Boat tours depart from Whakatane, while flightseeing tours depart from Taupo as well as Rotorua. 
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White Island Volcano Helicopter Flight and Crater Tour

Discover New Zealand’s most active volcanoe on a White Island helicopter flight from Tauranga. Fly over to White Island, one of the islands in the Pacific Ring of Fire off the Bay of Plenty. With the blades of your helicopter whirring overhead, hear live commentary from your pilot via your headset earphones. Fly along the island’s rugged coastline. See flocks of birds flying over the sulfur-yellow landscape and watch the waves for marine life.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$605.04 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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White Island Helicopter Flight and Volcano Walking Tour

Fly by helicopter to White Island, New Zealand’s only permanently active offshore volcano. On this 3-hour flight and volcano walking tour from Rotorua, the pilot soars over the Northern Lakes district with aerial views of the active crater before landing on White Island for a guided walking tour. Slip past steaming vents and colorful sulphur formations as you learn about the abandoned mining ruins left behind on its lunar-like landscape.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$650.24 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Shore Excursion: Fly by Plane or Helicopter over Volcano's with Kiwifruit Orchard Cart Tour

When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, save time by booking ahead and see the best of New Zealand’s North Island from the air. Choose a light-aircraft flight over the Bay of Plenty or a helicopter flight over beautiful White Island—and upgrade to land for a walking tour with your pilot. See more of New Zealand from the skies in one day than you ever could on land.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$420.05 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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