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White Island or Whakari.
New Zealand's only active Marine Volcano.
WHITE ISLAND ERUPTION! White Island
off the Eastern Bay of Plenty Coast has began an eruptive sequence. Follow
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White Island or Whakaari is a premium New Zealand eco-tourism attraction
and once you have seen this amazing spectacle of nature you will see why.
White Island can be easily seen from Ohope Beach on most days. Everyone
wants a closer look!
Accessible by sea and air from Whakatane with numerous charter companies
offering access to the Island.
See our Tour and Charter pages.
The volcano is estimated to be between 100 000 and 200 000 years old.
Only some of the island visible above sea level that we see in its present
form today is estimated to be 16 000 years old, further evidence of this
continually changing landscape.
immense crater over 100 metres deep holds a lake (usually fluorescent
green in colour) and a rumbling vent from which the power of the inner
earth constantly belches forth in the form of super-heated steam.
No vegetation survives in the crater and only a few Pohutukawa trees can
be seen struggling for life because of the harsh acidic environment. Instead
sulphur crystals form in among the hissing, steaming, bubbling fumaroles.
island is home to the Gannets. A beautiful bird who nests and fishes in
the warm abundant fishing grounds that surround the Island. White Island
is also a location for our recreational diving and fishing industries.
There are signs of Human industry on the island in the form of a failed
old sulphur works slowly corroding back into the landscape.
White Island is of great New Zealand Scientific importance and is monitored
constantly by the IGNS (Institute of Geological and Nuclear and Sciences).
You can view the updated webcams
provided by the institute and see the crater as it is today. Other active
New Zealand volcanoes such as Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro can
also be researched on the Geo Net Website, monitoring geological hazards
in New Zealand with features such as the latest
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you wish to advertise it on this website then please contact
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