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White Island Tours

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.  

Practical Info

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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Shore Excursion: Fly by Plane or Helicopter over Volcano's with Kiwifruit Orchard Cart Tour, ... 
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Shore Excursion: Fly by Plane or Helicopter over Volcano's with Kiwifruit Orchard Cart Tour

Fly by light aircraft over two volcanos & the Rotorua lakes. See an amazing volcanic landscape on this flight of discovery! This captivating tour ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $452.50
White Island Helicopter Flight and Volcano Walking Tour, Rotorua, Ports of Call Tours
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White Island Helicopter Flight and Volcano Walking Tour

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Fly by helicopter to White Island, and slip past steaming volcanic vents and colorful sulfur formations on a guided walking tour. Soaring north from Rotorua ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $700.47
White Island Volcano Helicopter Flight and Crater Tour, Tauranga, Helicopter Tours
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White Island Volcano Helicopter Flight and Crater Tour

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Enjoy an unforgettable flight to White Island with a crater landing and tour. Fly from Tauranga to White Island. Then land and take a tour of the crater of New ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $651.78

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