"Marine active Volcano" White Island by kiwi

White Island Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 114 photos

Accessible & affordable, just a One Day Trip

If you have some time to spend in the North Island of New Zealand, get down to Whakatane and take the oneday boat trip out to White Island. You can drive to Whakatane from Tauranga in a little over an hour, and about the same from Rotorua. However allow 1 hr 30mins and then you can stop along the way.
The drive from Rotorua is very pretty passing by many lakes through the rolling hills.
Alternatively you can fly by fixed wing or helicopter (if you want to land) from Tauranga or Rotorua, and there are also flights out of Whakatane for those who prefer that form of transport.
White Island is privately owned but allows visitors by Permit Only.

Walk on an Active Volcano

We went with White Island Tours, which is the main company who lands you on the island. They have nice boats and provide a very comprehensive service.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Amazing opportunity to visit an active volcano.
  • Cons:Dust, sulphur smell, sea journey if you get sick.
  • In a nutshell:Only a few places in the world to do this. Thoroughly enjoyable day.
  • Last visit to White Island: Mar 2007
  • Intro Updated Aug 21, 2008
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  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2008 at 9:05 AM

    Very nice and interesting tips !!!!!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jan 27, 2008 at 2:30 AM

    lovely photos - seeing yours an VTveen's im definitely visiting here when Im back!

  • Dodo22's Profile Photo
    Oct 18, 2007 at 2:13 AM

    Great White Island pages - its been ages since I have been there - must go again.

  • GenuinelyCurious's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2007 at 11:31 PM

    I had never heard of this place before - beautiful! Thanks for sharing...

  • kelnsha's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2007 at 9:47 PM

    Thanks for sharing your White Island tour & photos. They are lovely. Btw, any scuba diving opportunity there?

  • Ekahau's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2007 at 12:38 PM

    nice island and even better photos how about a house in Whakatane, NZ??

  • allikat's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2007 at 9:17 PM

    Fab pics :-) You lucky thing!!!

  • Tripack's Profile Photo
    Mar 31, 2007 at 2:15 PM

    Thanks for your Birthday wish from NZ! Seems to be a great destination if you need to warm up during a cold day ;-)

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2007 at 3:54 AM

    Since it seems I'll never make it to NZ again in real life thanks for the virtual tour. White Island would be a nice getaway just about now!

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2007 at 4:32 AM

    Oh active volcano, wow, I would love to visit such place one day.

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