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Whakaari / White Island

Explore New Zealand’s most active volcano

Witness the powerful forces that have shaped earth with a tour of Whakaari/White Island, New Zealand’s most active volcano. Discover the raw intensity of this untouched natural environment on a fully-guided exploration of the inner crater complex as you become enveloped by the vastness of Mother Nature and an energy like you’ve never felt before. This must-do experience is one you’ll be talking about for years to come.

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Moutohorā: Island Sanctuary

Discover the rare beauty of a New Zealand wildlife sanctuary

Recharge with nature on a tour of Moutohorā/Whale Island, one of New Zealand’s most restricted pest-free wildlife sanctuaries. Enjoy a walk amongst the regenerated bush as you listen to the bird calls or dig yourself a geothermal spring pool at Onepū Bay. This is your opportunity to see New Zealand’s wildlife as nature intended it and shows what can be achieved when a concentrated effort on conservation is made, managed and protected.

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  • Fantastic scenery. Very friendly and informative staff. Had no intention of visiting White Island, when we arrived in New Zealand, but so glad we did. One of the highlights of our holiday. Definitely a unique experience!

    Janet Stemson - Miami, USA

  • From start to finish this trip was professionally run but gave us a sense of personal care. Our guide & pilot was wonderfully informative & answered all our questions about the volcano & also the Bay of Plenty.

    Paula Adams - Wyong, Australia

  • Great guides and an amazing island. It felt like a once in a lifetime experience. I’d happily go again just to feel like I’m on another planet. The staff were very nice and the packed lunch was great.

    Peter Pentti - Stockholm, Sweden

  • Our deaf group visited white island. we didn't have much to expect, but the guide - AMY - was amazing! She knew sign language, which helped our experience immensely and she shared many different tidbits while enroute to the island and back... great adventure overall.

    Anonymous - Seattle, Unites States

Discover our beginnings

700 years after the Mataatua waka first arrived on the shores of Whakatāne, another chapter in the rich history of Ngāti Awa commenced with the 2017 purchase of White Island Tours by Ngāti Awa Group Holdings Limited, the commercial arm of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa, heralding a new and exciting chapter for the iwi.

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