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White Island Volcano Experience Cruise & Guided Exploration from Tauranga

Days
1

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$350

North Island
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Overview

From the Port of Tauranga, embark on an Exclusive Shore Excursion on this White Island Volcano Experience Cruise & Guided Exploration from Tauranga that includes lunch and transportation to and from your ship. Travel to the bright shores of Whakatane where you’ll cast off for a scenic boat ride on the stunning Bay of Plenty on your way to White Island for a fascinating tour of the most active marine volcano in New Zealand.

On reaching Whakatane from the Port of Tauranga’s Mt. Maunganui, step out of your land transport and climb into a catamaran that will take you out into the Pacific Ocean. You may encounter marine wildlife on your journey so keep your eyes peeled as you listen to helpful commentary from your skipper and crew. While not guaranteed, you might spot whales, dolphins and some marine birds along the way.

White Island

As you get closer to White Island, the coastline you just left behind recedes in the distance, and you get the feeling of stepping into another world far from the mainland. You will likely be greeted first by volcanic gasses escaping from the crater before the island itself makes an appearance.

Approaching the island, your boat will manoeuvre near a protected bay and jetty, which you reach via a platform and special Zodiacs, inflatable crafts that will convey you to the jetty after debarking your boat. Don’t forget to bring your helmet and gas masks.

Stepping into White Island, you’ll be provided with a safety briefing prior to going on a guided walk to inspect the geothermal gems of the island. Since most of the volcano’s bulk is underwater, you won’t be doing much climbing, if at all, before heading straight to the action. With the help of gas masks/breathing apparatus, you’ll be able to get near:

  • Fascinating lake of steaming acid
  • Thundering steam vents
  • Frothing pits of boiling mud
  • Steaming volcanic streams
  • Bright oranges and yellows resulting from all the accumulated sulfur on the island make for phenomenal photos, so make sure your camera is at hand.

After your tour of the White Island, reboard your boat the way you arrived and enjoy a packed lunch as you make your way back to Whakatane and then onward to the Port of Tauranga to rejoin your cruise ship.

White Island Volcano Experience Cruise Guided Exploration Tauranga

White Island Volcano Experience Cruise Guided Exploration Tauranga

White Island Volcano Experience Cruise Guided Exploration Tauranga

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