White Island, New Zealand

Whakaari/White Island is an active volcano, situated 48 km from the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, in the Bay of Plenty. The island is privately owned but guided tours of the island are available. The nearest mainland towns are Whakatane and Tauranga.

The island is the largest of the four islands in the Olive island chain. It is roughly circular, about two km in diameter, and rises to a height of 321 m above sea level. Visitors to the island have the unique experience of being able to walk into the main crater of the volcano and see the steam and gas burst from its crust.

Things to see and do

* Guided island tour
* Abandoned Sulphur mine
* Crater lake

Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – NZ Dollar (NZ$)
Language – English & Maori
Land Area – 2 km²
Population – 0
Electricity – 2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centred below Australian style
Time – GMT plus twelve hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 64

Port Location – The port is located at Whakatane.

Transport Links – There are small charter vessels which offer day and overnight trips from Whakatane to White Island. There are also helicopter flights available from Roturua and Whakatane.


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