White Island Tours - Rotorua
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Prepare yourself for an unforgettable adventure to White island, one of the world's few live marine volcanoes. White Island Tours offer visitors the chance to set foot this unique volcanic landscape well as seeing an array of marine life.
White Island is New Zealand's only active marine volcano and with the help of White Island Tours' expert guides visitors can walk right to its crater rim. The tour is a six-hour trip to the island, which is nearly 50 kilometres off the coast of Whakatane on New Zealand's North Island.
The day begins at the company's café and gift shop, before an 80-minute ride across the water on a luxury launch. A short ride in an inflatable boat takes visitors to the purpose built jetty on the island where the tour begins.
Guides lead walkers through the old sulphur-mining factory where bright yellow sulphur crystals remain and then lead the climb up to the edge of the volcano's crater. Here, visitors can look down into the crater and listen to the hissing and roaring of the steam before enjoying a picnic lunch. During the walk, guides explain the history of the island and offer an easy to understand explanation of the science behind volcanos and their eruptions.
On the return boat journey, lucky travellers will be able to spend time watching fur seals, dolphins, or even whales. All guides are very knowledgeable and have plenty of experience working on the volcano so visitors can rest assured they will be in safe hands.
Tours operate seven days a week but are subject to weather conditions and the activity of the volcano.
White Island Tours also operate a tour to the nearby wildlife sanctuary on Moutohora, also known as Whale Island, which is a dormant volcano around five nautical miles off Whakatane. The island is a designated bird sanctuary that is home to many endangered birds including kiwis, as well as many native plants.