White Island Tour

Get close to bubbling mud, volcanic hot streams and acid lakes as you discover New Zealand's most active marine volcano!

map Whakatane, New Zealand
5-6 hours
Start & End Time
Start & End Time
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Not included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
8 years
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
Light lunch and refreshments
NZD $219
ValueNZD $229SAVE 4%
Child: NZD $130
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What's Included

  • Visit NZ's most active marine volcano - White Island
  • Discover a landscape of steam vents, bubbling pits of mud and hot volcanic streams
  • Enjoy a guided exploration (1.5 hours) of the inner crater
  • Snap photos of the striking yellow and orange hues on the island
  • Possibility of dolphin, whale and marine life sightings
  • Catch views of the Pohutukawa forests
  • Light lunch provided
  • Safety gear (gas mask and hard hat) provided 

What's excluded

Fully enclosed shoes with good grip.
Warm waterproof jacket
Drink/water bottle
Swimming gear is optional in summer

Why do we love this

This tour combines nature and excitement for an epic day in New Zealand. You get to check out the most active volcano in the country and actually get close to the inner crater and all the volcanic action, which we think is pretty cool! We love the guided crater tour and the added bonus of dolphin and whale sightings. 


Get ready for an epic journey to New Zealand's only active marine volcano, White Island! Hop aboard your luxury vessel for a 6-hour adventure full of volcanic action and stunning views.  

White Island sits just 49km off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island and is one of the world’s most accessible live volcanos. With the majority of the volcano sitting beneath the sea, you're able to disembark directly into the crater complex – no mountain climbing required! 

Since it's a live volcano, you can expect geothermal activity galore. Get up close to roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcanic streams and the amazing lake of steaming acid. You'll never have seen anything like this before!

Explore the inner crater with experienced guides on a 1 - 1.5-hour tour and learn about the area with fascinating commentary on the geology of the island. You'll also hear stories of attempts to mine sulphur. Along with incredible volcanic and geothermal features, you'll also see the remains of the sulphur factory. This structure has survived multiple eruptions since being abandoned in the 1930s.

Later, head back aboard the boat and enjoy a light lunch and stunning views of the outer walls of the island. Here you'll be able to see where the Pohutukawa forests grow and observe the thousands of Australasian Gannet colonies. 

On your journey home, there's often the chance to spot dolphins, whales and other marine life, so keep your eyes peeled! The tour comes complete with the necessary government permits to interact with these animals so it’s a great way to end an already amazing day.

This is a 5-6 hour tour. All safety equipment is provided.
Please arrive 30- 45 minutes prior to your advised departure time. Check-in is at White Island Rendezvous, 15 The Strand East, Whakatane

Morning tours generally depart between 8am and 10am and, where offered, afternoon tours usually depart between 1pm and 2pm.



White Island Tour

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We go every day that the weather will let us, except for Christmas Day.

Yes.  In summer it would pay to book at least one week in advance.  In winter it should be no problem to book just a day or two in advance, as long as no large groups have booked up the boats. It is a good idea to book on your first available day so that if the trip is cancelled due to the weather conditions, you may (subject to availability) have the option of an alternate day.

From time of departure our tour normally takes between 5 and 5.5 hours. The time varies as it depends on sea conditions and we will also spend time with any dolphins or other marine life we encounter.

The boat departs from the Whakatāne  Wharf, with check-in taking place beforehand at White Island Rendezvous, 15 The Strand East,Whakatāne (across the road from the boats). 

No, there are no rest areas or handrails or facilities at all on White Island. You will be on your feet for up to 1.5 hours.


In most instances it is fine however please keep in mind that it is an acidic environment. We recommend keeping it covered when near any ash or steam as this could potentially result in corrosion. Please be aware that landing on the island involves transfer in a inflatable craft and in some conditions there is the chance of becoming wet. White Island Tours accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to any belongings that you choose to bring on the tour.

No. For the comfort and safety of other passengers and crew, the use of a drone is forbidden at all times. This includes on the boat and on the island (White Island or Moutohora). White Island has a large amount of helicopter traffic and drone usage is very hazardous. Use of a drone on Moutohora is expressly forbidden by the Department of Conservation. The only exception to this rule is for preapproved media organisations that have been granted a filming permit by either the owners of White Island or for Moutohora, the Department of Conservation. Media organsiations please contact us to enquire.

In most instances no, however on occasions jewellery (in particular silver) may become tarnished. We suggest that you do not wear jewellery onto the island if this is of concern. Clothing infrequently becomes discoloured due to the acidity of the steam so it is advisable to wear older clothing if possible.

We have four vessels in our fleet:
PeeJay IV is a 60 foot launch.  She was purpose-built for White Island Tours and launched in 1997. There are two fully-flushing household toilets on board.
Predator is a 64 foot catamaran that has been part of our fleet since 2016. There are two fully-flushing household toilets on board.
Phoenix is 60 foot catamaran that, like Predator, has been part of our fleet since 2016. There are two fully-flushing toilets on board.
Moutohorā Cat is a 41 foot catamaran that has been part of our fleet since 2011. It has one toilet aboard.


During the summer, if the skipper determines that timing and conditiosn permit, there may be a chance for a swim out at the island.   You are welcome to bring your swimming gear in case the opportunity is available. 

We have a recommended minimum age of 8 years and will not allow children under the age of 4 onto White Island. The decision to bring younger children is up to the parents. The safety gear we provide (hard hat and gas mask) is of adult sizing and therefore doesn’t always fit to a child’s head. Children need to be able to cope with the landing or be accompanied by an adult who can assist or carry them.

Pregnant women wishing to take the trip are advised to consult their health care professional before taking our trip. 

There is no maximum age limit.  However, the trip does call for a certain amount of physical ability. The landing involves transferring from the boat to the island via an inflatable craft. Landings vary, depending on conditions. Our preferred method involves stepping from the inflatable onto the wharf or climbing up a ladder (depending on tide), crossing a narrow platform and finally climbing over some boulders. You must be able to walk on an uneven surface for up to two hours and there are no toilet facilities on White Island. 


Small print
Terms & Conditions:

Please note that the departure time is indicative only. We aim to depart at the times shown however due to sea conditions, tides, and operational requirements this does vary. It is very important that we are able to confirm exact departure time with you the night prior to your tour. This is generally done via a phone call between 7 pm and 8 pm. Please ensure you have provided the correct contact details for us to be able to get hold of you. If you have not heard from us by 8.00pm you must call us on 0800 733 529 before 9 pm.

Children 4-15 years are charged the child rate. All children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Due to the safety hazards involved the recommended minimum age is 8 years, however, we will allow children 4 years and older to join the tour at their parent's or caregiver's discretion. Children under 4 years old are not permitted on the island. Please note that if rough sea conditions are expected then we may determine that for the safety and comfort of younger children it is not suitable for them to join the tour on that day. 

What to bring for your White Island Tour:
Fully enclosed footwear is compulsory. We recommend sneakers, trainers, walking shoes or similar. Jandals and Sandals are not permitted. Volcanos by nature are hot and rocky so protect your toes and feet!
Warm clothing for the boat ride.
Swimwear (Optional). If time and conditions allow, swimming may be possible from the boat during the summer months, however, is at the discretion of the skipper.
We recommend that if you are prone to motion sickness (or have never been on the open ocean before) you take preventative measures. Motion sickness medication such as Sea-Legs is available from pharmacies. Homoeopathic remedies and wrist-bands are available for purchase at our check-in area. If you have any other medical conditions (eg. asthma) please bring appropriate medication and supplies with you. 

  • White Island Tours ™ operate 7 days a week, weather permitting. Not operating on Christmas Day. 
  • Check-in is at White Island Rendezvous, 15 The Strand East, Whakatne. Check-in is required 30- 45 minutes prior to your advised departure time.

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your booking or alter the number of participants any time up until 6 pm on the day prior to your tour without penalty. After this time full charges will apply and you will be charged if you fail to turn up for your departure time. We recommend that you hold a comprehensive travel insurance policy in case of any unexpected changes to your travel plans. All departures are subject to weather, sea conditions and minimum numbers. No charges will be applied should we cancel a trip. If your tour fails to land on the island due to sea or weather conditions a full refund will be given. In the very unlikely event that we are unable to land due to unexpected volcanic activity, a refund is not provided.

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White Island Tours
15 The Strand, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand


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Child: NZD $130
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