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  • Flying over White Island

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White Island

Just 50 km offshore from Whakatāne, no visit to the Bay of Plenty is complete without a trip to this incredible place. Known to Māori as Whakaari, White Island is arguably the world’s most accessible active marine volcano. It attracts volcanologists and sightseers from around the world, offering a breathtaking view of the awesome powers that continue to shape New Zealand in all their spectacular and dramatic glory. 

Marvel at the beauty of nature in its most untamed state. Walk across the island’s wild, lunar landscape with active geothermal steam vents, bubbling mud pools and the sombre remains of an ill-fated sulphur mining factory destroyed by an eruption.  

Remarkable visibility, underwater steam vents and an abundance of marine life make the waters around the island one of New Zealand’s best dive sites. It’s also a fishing haven, with charter boats offering multi-day game fishing adventures.

White Island can be reached by sea or air for guided visits or scenic flights.

Attractions

Fast, 10.5-metre day boat for fishing and diving. For newcomers to seasoned pros. Hourly, half-day and full-day rates. Casual or block bookings for up to 15 (conditions apply). Family friendly, toilet and BBQ. Quality dive/snorkel and fishing equipment available, including bait and filleting. 

Situated in the stunning waters of the Bay of Plenty, White Island is so spectacular when viewed from the air. White Island Flights offer scenic flights over all the local volcanoes, including Mt Tarawera, White Island and Mt Ruapehu to name a few. It's an unforgettable view to experience. 

Join us for dolphin and seal swimming encounters with frequent penguin, sea bird and occasional whale sightings. We conduct marine eco tours and diving or snorkelling adventures with all equipment supplied. Bicycle hire and tour information also available. 

Frontier Helicopter's White Island Volcano Adventure takes you to a continuously active volcano, a living, breathing, geological giant. Fly from Whakatāne Airport for spectacular aerial views, landing, and one-hour guided walk. Allow 2 1/2 hours for your tour.  

Join us aboard Peejay for a six-hour eco-adventure to White Island - New Zealand's only active marine volcano! Discover an ever-evolving landscape of fumeroles, lava bombs, crystals, bubbling mud and the steaming acid lake. Daily tours (weather permitting). Bookings are essential. 

We’ll get you there faster with our stable, 10-metre catamaran powered by twin 250 HP 4-strokes, surveyed to carry 14 passengers. No hidden costs - everything needed to catch the big one is on-board.  

The Gambler is a 10.5-metre blade-runner catamaran that's fast and comfortable for one to eight anglers. 

Kayaking adventures at Whale Island, Ohiwa Harbour and Otarawairere Bay. Guided tours and hires for independent travelers, family groups, businesses and schools. 

55-foot sport fishing vessel offering overnight and extended fishing, diving and sightseeing charters to White Island, Ranfurly Banks and Three Kings Islands. Quality accommodation and fishing equipment. 

54-foot with two 345 HP Cats. Huge cockpit, walkaround decks and BBQ. Great saloon, live bait tank, dive compressor and 3.8-metre naiad tender. Experienced skipper. Fishing White Island, Three Kings and Ranfurly Banks. 

11-metre, fast and stable catamaran. Owner-operator. Inshore and White Island fishing, game fishing and diving. Quality tackle and electronics. For groups of one to twelve people. 

Restaurants

PeeJays Coffee House - come in, sit down and enjoy the atmosphere.