White Island Tour including transfers from Rotorua
- Duration: 9 Hours (approx.)
- Product code: WITR
Begin your White Island adventure in Rotorua. Your driver will collect you from your Rotorua accommodation and take you on the scenic drive to Whakatane. Passing a number of lakes and through some beautiful New Zealand forest this is an interesting and relaxing way to start your day. Our transport provider, JNP Transport Services, offers professional drivers and modern vehicles so you know you are in safe hands.
On arrival in Whakatane, you will check in for your tour before joining the White Island Tours crew aboard the luxury launch ‘PeeJay’ for a 6 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 PeeJay 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.