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White Island: What to do when you get there?

Whakaari/White Island is a small volcanic island located in northern New Zealand, in the Bay of Plenty, in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.

The emerged summit of the volcano peaks at 321 metres. The island is circular, of about 2 km in diameter. Its full Māori name is "Te Puia o Whakaari" which means the Dramatic Volcano. It was then named White Island by the famous captain Cook who, even though got close to the island, didn't notice that it was a volcano.

About 49 km from the east coast of the North Island, it is one of the most accessible active volcanos. Its yellow and orange bright colors arising from the sulfur make photographers very happy!

The NGO Birdlife International identified White Island as an Important Bird Area due to the breeding colony of the Australasian gannet. The waters surrounding the island are famous for fishing since you can find many different fish species depending on the season.

Even though you can't have free access to the island, it is easily accessible thanks to the numerous tour operators offering guided tours. White Island Tours provides hiking tours during which you will have the chance to see dolphins and whales. The experimented guides will lead you to the volcano's inner crater during a 1.5 hour excursion filled with emotion!

White Island is a stunning volcano emerged from the ocean that is worth exploring during your stay in New Zealand.

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White Island: What to do when you get there?

Whakaari/White Island is a small volcanic island located in northern New Zealand, in the Bay of Plenty, in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.

The emerged summit of the volcano peaks at 321 metres. The island is circular, of about 2 km in diameter. Its full Māori name is "Te Puia o Whakaari" which means the Dramatic Volcano. It was then named White Island by the famous captain Cook who, even though got close to the island, didn't notice that it was a volcano.

About 49 km from the east coast of the North Island, it is one of the most accessible active volcanos. Its yellow and orange bright colors arising from the sulfur make photographers very happy!

The NGO Birdlife International identified White Island as an Important Bird Area due to the breeding colony of the Australasian gannet. The waters surrounding the island are famous for fishing since you can find many different fish species depending on the season.

Even though you can't have free access to the island, it is easily accessible thanks to the numerous tour operators offering guided tours. White Island Tours provides hiking tours during which you will have the chance to see dolphins and whales. The experimented guides will lead you to the volcano's inner crater during a 1.5 hour excursion filled with emotion!

White Island is a stunning volcano emerged from the ocean that is worth exploring during your stay in New Zealand.

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