White Island Tour including transfers from Tauranga
- Duration: 9 Hours (approx.)
- Product code: WIT-T
Begin your White Island adventure in Tauranga, Mt Maunganui or Papamoa. Your driver will collect you from your accommodation and take you on the scenic coastal drive to Whakatane.
On arrival in Whakatane, you will check in for your tour before joining the White Island Tours crew for a 5 hour adventure to explore New Zealand’s only active marine volcano – White Island.
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 it means we are able to disembark directly into the crater complex – no mountain climbing required.
Being a live volcano there is little doubt that White Island is home to New Zealand’s most impressive geothermal activity. Visitors are able to get up close to roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcanic streams and the amazing lake of steaming acid.
Experienced guides will lead visitors on a 1 - 1.5 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. Along with volcanic and geothermal features, you will see the remains of the sulphur factory which have survived multiple eruptions since being abandoned in the 1930s.
Once back aboard the boat you will be served a light packed lunch and refreshments which can be enjoyed while viewing the outer walls of the island where Pohutukawa forests grow and thousands of Australasian Gannets have established colonies.
Our journey home often provides the opportunity to spend time viewing dolphins, whales and other marine life.
On arrival back at the Whakatane wharf you will then be transported back to your accommodation in Tauranga.
Please note that due to the timings of this tour it is not suitable for cruise ship guests visiting the Port of Tauranga. Our tour is offered as a shore excursion on a select number of ships, please check the shore excursion list for your particular cruise and book directly with your cruise line if you are travelling by cruise ship.