White Island is an active volcano situated 48 km (30 mi) from the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, in the Bay of Plenty. It is the country's most active cone volcano, and it has been in a nearly continuous stage of smoking since it was 'discovered' by James Cook in 1769, who named it 'White Island' because it always appeared to be in a cloud of white steam. The full Māori name for the island is 'Te Puia o Whakaari', meaning 'The Dramatic Volcano.'
Lift off from either Taupo or Rotorua and enjoy a scenic flight to White Island, with aerial views of the active crater before landing on this lunar like surface. Here you will be able to stand on and walk around the island’s active crater floor, viewing active steam vents 'fumaroles', hot streams, vibrant sulphur formations and the steaming crater.
You will also land on the summit of Mt Tarawera and enjoy informed commentary about the Mountain’s relatively recent eruptive history as well as spectacular views of the craters and domes formed by the 1886 eruption. Enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch with fresh local produce, paired with a glass of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in a scenic location.
The return flight is an opportunity to reflect on a lifetime experience whilst viewing even more of the Bay of Plenty’s spectacular scenery.
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