It is the most active and only live marine volcano in New Zealand. This privately owned island can be reached either by boat or helicopter. We traveled from Whakatane by boat; the 48 km journey took around 90 minutes and the whole trip around 6 hours.
Captain James Cook named the volcano “White Island”; he didn’t come close enough to see it was a volcano. It is estimated to be less than 200,000 years old.
Web cameras capture volcanic activities, so you can check any recent change on HERE
Exploring the island was an exciting and memorable day to spend my birthday.