• Tour of Whakaari/
    White Island

  • Important info
  • What to Bring
  • What is Included
  • Volcanic Alert Level: Whakaari/White Island is currently on Alert Level 2. This level indicates moderate to heightened volcanic unrest, there is the potential for eruption hazards to occur. White Island Tours  operates through the varying alert levels but passengers should be aware that there is always a risk of eruptive activity regardless of the alert level. White Island Tours  follows a comprehensive safety plan which determines our activities on the island at the various levels.
  • Tours of Whakaari/White Island operate 7 days a week, weather permitting, excluding Christmas Day.
  • Bookings are essential.
  • We recommend that children be at least 8 years of age, however, the official minimum age is 6 years old. Please see our FAQs page for more information.
  • The tour is very weather dependent and also numbers dependent. 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- 45 minutes prior to your advised departure time.
  • Safety gear (gas mask and hard hat) are compulsory and included with all tours of Whakaari/White Island.
  • If you require transport from Rotorua please visit our Tour to White Island page including transfers from Rotorua page or if you require transport from Tauranga, please visit our Tour to White Island including transfers from Tauranga page.

Tour departure times:

Due to tides, sea conditions and operational requirements, the tour departure times do vary. Morning tours generally depart between 8am and 10am and, where offered, afternoon tours usually depart between 1pm and 2pm. It is very important that we are able to confirm the exact departure time with you, so please ensure that you have provided the correct contact details (email and phone number) for us to get a hold of you. If you book a morning departure, we will contact you by 8pm the evening prior. If you book an afternoon departure, we will contact you by 11.30am on the day of your tour. If you have not heard from us by the designated time, please ensure you contact us to confirm the status of your tour.


Until 31st March 2020
Adult: $229
Child: $130 (15 years and under)

From 1st April 2020
Adult: $239
Child $139 (15 years and under)

Transfers from Rotorua or Tauranga:

Until 31st March 2020
Adult: $389
Child: $290 (15 years and under)

From 1st April 2020
Adult: $399
Child $299 (15 years and under)

  • Fully-enclosed shoes with a good grip are compulsory
  • Warm waterproof jacket
  • Drink/water bottle: a water filling station is available onboard to refill, as required
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Cruise across the pristine waters of the Bay of Plenty aboard a high-quality vessel
  • Professional and experienced crew and tour guides
  • 1-hour fully-guided walking tour of Whakaari/White Island’s inner crater complex
  • A light packed snack box
  • Safety gear (gas mask and hard hat)
  • Permit to land on the island
  • Department of Conservation permit to spend time with any marine mammals that we encounter
  • 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