"Active Volcano" White Island by Dodo22

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Walk on an active Volcanoe

White Island is 50 kms off the East Coast of NZ and can be most easily accessed from either Tauranga or Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.

This is NZ's largest active volcanoe and is accessible by boats which normally anchor in Crater Bay so that you can go ashore.

Sulphur Mining

In the past sulphur was mined on this island and a processing plant and accommodation were present on the island.

Then in 1914 the south-western rim of the crater collapsed and lahar flowed down the crater floor covering the cook house, managers house, the mens accommodation as well as the boiler house. Of the 10 men working on the island at the time, no trace was found, the only survivor being a cat.

The buildings were rebuilt in 1925 but the factory closed around 1933 when it was no longer profitable. Remains of the buildings can still be seen today.

Boat trip

Boats leave Whakatane wharf at around 8am during the winter with another later sailing during the summer months. The trip usually takes 1-1/2 hours (weather dependant) but plan on allowing about 6 hours for the whole trip.

Fishing and diving are also possible, but check first with the operators.

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  • vtveen's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2004 at 6:36 AM

    Also impressed by White Island ?? Great pics. Hope to come again.

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