• Moutohorā: Island Sanctuary

  • Important info
  • What to Bring
  • Protecting Moutohorā
  • Moutohorā: Island Sanctuary tours operate weekly on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, weather and demand permitting.
  • Bookings are essential.
  • We recommend that children be at least 8 years of age, however, the minimum age is 6 years old. Please see our FAQs page for more information.
  • The tour is very weather dependent, and a minimum number of passengers is required. We will confirm with you before 8pm the night prior whether the tour is able to operate.
  • Check-in is at White Island Rendezvous, 15 The Strand East, Whakatāne. Check-in is required 30 minutes prior to your advised departure time.

Tour departure times:

We aim to depart at 2pm, however, a number of factors such as weather, sea conditions and tides can affect this time. We will confirm the departure time with you the night before your tour.

Moutohorā is a pest-free island and a bio-security clearance check is required before departure.


Until 31st March 2020
Adult: $99
Child: $59 (15 years and under)

From 1st April 2020
Adult: $119
Child $59 (15 years and under)

  • Warm clothing for the boat ride and walk on the island
  • Sturdy footwear for the walk. Sneakers/sand shoes are perfect. Jandals/thongs/flip flops are not suitable.
  • Small backpack – biosecurity guidelines require all bags to be closable by zip. Drawstring and open bags are not suitable.
  • Swimwear and towel (optional, should you wish to swim at the hot water beach)
  • Sun protection – hat and sunscreen
  • Moutohorā is rodent and predator free. To keep it this way it is important for us to enforce strict bio-security checks on behalf of the Department of Conservation.
  • Before arriving for your tour please check clothing, bags and shoes for soil and seeds. This is to prevent weed species becoming established on Moutohorā.
  • Backpacks and bags must be able to be sealed closed with a zip or similar device. Open bags are not permitted.
  • Only packaged food is permitted on the island. No fruit or home-grown produce is allowed. Food may be taken aboard the boat but must be in a sealed container or commercially packaged.
  • Following check-in for your tour you will be directed to the bio-security Caravan on the wharf. Please try to bring as little as possible to the island.
  • Inside the bio-security caravan you will be required to un-pack any bag you may have. Items will be inspected by a White Island Tours™ staff member to ensure that they do not inadvertently contain rodents, insects or seeds.
  • You will be requested to dip the soles of your shoes into a water bath containing a strong disinfectant prior to boarding the boat.
  • Moutohorā is an extremely dry environment and as such there is a high fire risk. Please do not bring matches or lighters on the tour. Smoking is not permitted on the island or on the boat.
  • All items taken to the island must be removed again.

For more information on protecting NZ’s offshore islands, please see the Department of Conservation brochure here.

  • 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