White Island Tour ex Rotorua (Allow 9hrs return ex Rotorua)
The White Island Shuttle operates Monday to Saturday (Sundays on request) leaving Rotorua early in the morning to meet with the 9.15am White Island Tour departure.
Our tour to White Island takes approximately six hours. It includes a comfortable 80-minute boat journey out to the island in a purpose-built launch and a two-hour exploration of New Zealand’s only live marine volcano with experienced and knowledgeable guides. A packed lunch is served before the journey home. At anytime during the day there is the opportunity to experience New Zealand’s bird and marine life. We have a permit to view dolphins and whales and we will spend time with these mammals whenever we see them.
Our departure times change throughout the year and are as follows:
Please note that these times are always approximate and subject to change. We may also run additional tours if passenger numbers require.
White Island Tours operate every day (except Christmas Day), weather permitting, and bookings are essential. The tour is weather-dependent and we call our passengers the night before the tour, between 7:00pm and 8:00pm, to confirm whether the tour is proceeding and the exact time of check-in. We recommend that passengers book an alternate day in case the trip is cancelled due to the weather conditions.
WHAT TO BRING
All passengers are required to wear fully-enclosed shoes on the island - no open-toed footwear or sandals are permitted. We also recommend passengers wear older clothing and bring with them a warm jacket for the boat ride. Sunscreen is also important. During the summer months passengers are welcome to bring swimming gear - if sea conditions permit, there will be an opportunity to swim or snorkel off the boat after the island tour. Passengers can pre-order a picnic style lunch, purchase something from the café prior to departure or bring their own food items.
SUITABILITY OF TOUR
There are minor physical challenges on the tour. Getting on and off the island involves a transfer via inflatable boat to an original concrete wharf. Once there, there is a short ladder to climb to get on to the jetty, a steel platform to cross which spans a gap in the jetty and then a series of boulders to walk over. There are no difficult hills to climb, however, the island surface can be uneven in some areas. Passengers will need to be reasonably agile and prepared to be on their feet for up to two hours. There is a recommended minimum age of 8 years for this tour.