White Island Active Volcano Tour in Whakatane – New Zealand’s Biggest Gap Year – Backpacker Guide.NZ

White Island Active Volcano Tour in Whakatane – New Zealand’s Biggest Gap Year – Backpacker Guide.NZ


Go! Alright today we are heading toward New Zealand’s
only active marine volcano this is called White Island and it’s just right off the shore
of Whakatane. It is so exciting. I just can’t wait. It’s early morning that we’re meeting the
team from White Island Tours at The Strand of Whakatane which is basically the harbour
of the town. And we are jumping right onto the action by boarding the boat and heading
in the waters. Our destination is White Island which is New
Zealand’s Only active marine volcano. It’s situated 49km off the coast of Whakatane and
it takes about an 80 minutes boat trip to get there. As we are making our way toward White Island
we’re passing other noteworthy islands like Whale Island which is a beautiful bird sanctuary
where a lot of native wildlife resides but we don’t really need to set foot onto the
island to see first wildlife we see a lot of seabirds alongside our boat like this beautiful
petrel that was flying alongside the boat for a good 30 minutes and as the sun is getting
a little bit higher in the sky we start getting some beautiful views of White Island and as
soon as we’re getting close the team is giving us our breathing apparatus which is gonna
be those massive gas masks just because apparently it smells really bad and makes you cough really
really quickly if you stay on White Island without any breathing protection. But before we unboard the boat the team quickly
reassure us that the fumes are not going to harm us. It is harmless just a little bit
of tickle on the throat. Last September is probably the most nervous
I’ve ever been there was an eruption when we got here so we’re walking into it and we
could definitely feel the nerves inside me. For sure. And after all the passengers on the boat have
unloaded with three or four different trips from this tiny dingy we are finally starting
our tour. So we’re just stepping on White Island. Doesn’t
smell too bad. I don’t know what it’s all about. The great thing about White Island is that
as soon as you get off the boat you step straight onto the active volcano. there’s no hiking
to do no crazy strenuous exercise you are right on the heart of the volcano and once
we arrive there we are meeting our guide for the tour which is Kelsey and she’s gonna be
taking us around to the highlights of White Island. We’ve seen so many different landscapes in
New Zealand so far and yet again we are stepping onto something else completely different.
It feels like we’re walking on another planet like it’s Mars or something. And the closer
we get towards that crater that we’re aiming for on this walk we are seeing loads of different
colours in the stones there’s vibrant yellow and green there’s billowing smoke and pools
of bubbling mud. it’s a pure geothermal wonderland. Along the way our guide Kelsey is showing
us some really cool features and telling us more about the fascinating history of White
Island. White Island is around 200,000 years old but the bit that we’re stood on right
now is about about 16,000 years old. We get close up viewings of those steaming vents
and the closer we get toward the crater the steam gets thicker and thicker until it gets
to the point where it’s getting a little difficult to breath and we realise exactly why we need
to wear those gas masks. Oh yeah. In the crater. That is quite irritating. Laura where are we right now? We are in the middle of an active marine volcano
and we can really feel it. So they told us it was a little bit irritating
on the throat. And it is. Another really good technique to deal with
this tickling throat sensation that we’re having throughout our whole tour on white
island is to suck on some really hard candies and for that reason our guide actually carrying
a huge bag of lollies and keep on feeding us ton of candies so if you’re not coming
here for the marvelous wonderful geothermal activity you come here for the free lollies. Alongside the lollies there is also heaps
of amazing picture opportunities alongside our tour. And it’s really awesome how our
guides are stopping along the way almost every step so we get the time to take some pictures.
It’s a really chilled out tour full of amazing insights and taking really the time for us
to enjoy it. And speaking about enjoying the tour we are
arriving at my favorite part of this entire tour. This is where we’re facing the main
of the crater and where the views get much much much grander and there is so much to
look at we literally stay here a good 15 minutes while listening to the insights from our guide
and taking in the views and taking about a million pictures. While standing on the edge of this crater
we can see a ton of things like the beautiful green lakes which is full of sulfur which
gives it that really interesting undertone it’s crazy colours all this yellow there’s
heaps of smoke it makes the whole thing feel really eerie like an alien movie. As we’re pulling ourselves away from the crater,
Kelsey is telling us about a recent eruption. We had a minor eruption you can see the big
impact crater where it landed. So yeah, that’s a minor eruption on white island. Not even
a big one. The whole trip on the island takes about hour
and 30 minutes and on the way back as we looping back to where we started we take the time
to take things a little bit slower so we can ask our guides a few questions about the island
as well as take loads and loads of photos. And Laura is taking again some more pictures.
and some more pictures, some more pictures and even some more pictures. This place is
absolutely amazing. This White Island tour is a really hands on
experience as well as feeling all the steam on our face, we’ve been holding some volcanic
rock we’re now about to taste the volcano. Taste it. Don’t drink it. Damn it’s really hot. It’s actually boiling.
Ah it tastes disgusting. Yum volcano juice. Moving onto the final section
of our tour on White Island, we see some really eerie remains of a sulfur mining plant that
has survived several eruptions since it was built here in the 1930s. Our guides tell us that people actually used
to live on the island when they were mining for sulfur to use in fertilisers and use that
on crops and gardens. But for us we are coming to the end of our trip getting back into those
little dingies and back onto the boat. But before we leave White Island for good a few
people take the opportunity to go for a dip. In fact, White Island is a very popular scuba
diving place there is a lot of underwater vents and very unique underwater landscape
to be explored like nowhere else in the New Zealand. Just before we head off we’ve been given our
complimentary lunch which is really good it’s all in a little box and there’s sandwiches
there is cake there is fruit it’s just awesome and before we leave the island for good we
actually do a last round around the island while listening to the commentary of the crew. We catch a last glimpse of White Island before
starting to make our way toward Whakatane. But because White Island is a gift that keeps
on giving the surrounding waters of the island are populated with heaps of awesome dolphins.
And of course the dolphins just can’t resist coming to play on the bow of our boat. This bunch of common dolphins named common
dolphins because they are the most popular kind of dolphins around New Zealand are super
playful they are playing with each other they are actually trying to outrace the boat and
we can hear them communicate with each other we hear all the [amazing dolphin impression]
noises even from atop of the boat. And while we’re playing with the dolphins
the crew is actually telling us that the boat just behind us radioed them and told them
that they just seen some whales so who knows what you will be able to see when doing this
tour. But that wraps up our tour with White Island
Tours that was absolutely awesome and a truly unique place to visit in New Zealand. We are
now making our way toward the town of Rotorua where we’re gonna be spending almost two weeks
exploring the area and there is a ton of activities to do there so once our car is cleaned we
are hitting the road toward the central north island for the next round of our adventure
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the boat. So… As you can see there’re really old milk jugs. As you can see they are old milk filters so
I’m gonna go and hand these in.

100 thoughts on “White Island Active Volcano Tour in Whakatane – New Zealand’s Biggest Gap Year – Backpacker Guide.NZ

  • Makes you want to visit this Wonderland! To Quote Maurice Krafft … "Even if I die Tomorrow … I don't Care". The steam only gets thicker and thicker and gas mask gives enough protection … the only danger is the tickling of the throat. So exciting and safe! Much Much Much grander views! You can see the sulfur, wow minor eruption … no problem. This place is absolutely amazing … taste the volcanic juice! Third degree burns … no problem … its better than 100% vaporization. And Don't forget the dolphins! WoW super playful.

  • Will you be responsible for hyping luring persuading tourists there to their demise? You sound so convincing! Did you sign a document documenting that you were entering the island crater at your own risk? RIP Hayden Marshall the guide in the video who actually died.

  • The male tour guide shown here sadly lost in life in the recent eruption. RIP to all who toured the island on Sunday.

  • In lieu of the possibility that NZ Police will instigate a criminal investigation into the incident on Whakaari, this footage of the small boat operator at 1:47 might become evidence of a potential crime, as it appears the operator is saying that, in September of 2017, there was an eruption after the tour boat arrived at the island, and the tour (nervously) continued. This statement could speak to a culture of recklessness and a systemic failure of adequate concern for safety. Something to think about.

  • Visit a live Vulcano?? Your life must really be Boring! Next time just go to Great America! Or come to Chicago,and play duck the bullets,

  • You are going to visit an active volcano and you have to wear a hardhat and gasmask🤨…Sulfur is tickling in your throat🤔Did it ever occur to you what will happen if it will errupts, even a minor erruption?💥🔥☄😱💀

  • Sadly, the male guide shown in the dinghy with curly blonde hair, was killed in the recent eruption. Hayden Marshall, I think. 47 people were on the island, 14 dead, the rest severely burned.

  • Please don't ever remove this video, it's the only chance people will ever get to see White Island ever again. Thanks for sharing. Even though I would never of gone there, even a year ago.

  • Looks like you're getting a bunch of attention after the erruption… which isn't your fault. I really came here just to see what it was like beforehand. I went there as an 11 year old and couldn't remember a damn thing.

  • The people saying that it's the tour groups fault your kidding right!?! No you make a choice… I have been to a few places offering volcano tours….. Did I go??? No…

  • When the tourists died on the island, there was a level 2 warning in place for a week already…..level 2 is highest alert before an eruption takes place. No one shouldve been on that island. Someone must be held accountable for taking the tourists there.

  • Throw the owners and operators into the volcano with the poor victims. The pathetic New Zealand legal system will let them off with a slap on the wrist for their clear culpability in this.

  • I see your tour guide has passed away.

    It's an amazing place White Island its beauty yet scary force not to be reckoned with, one learns to accept nature when you live in the area and respect that it gives life and takes life. Drain the ocean and its 1.6km high, the part above water is 361m It's a very active volcano. The part above the sea is only a few thousand years old nothing in geological terms.

  • Anytime you are close to an active volcano you are at risk. Whether it is this island or Mt. St. Helens or Kilauea being close involves risk. I have experienced the ash fall when St. Helens erupted and hiked out to the lava flows of Kilauea. You have to have respect for nature.

  • "Ashes, ashes we all fall down" for since the beginning of man, we have made songs of catastrophes, natural or otherwise, this one is another and should not be overblown. People can choose their own paths, it's called natural selection when it succeeds or fails. As for me, I dont drink at waterholes with known crocs in them.

  • Who is dumber..people who visit an active volcano or people who live at the feet of them? This planet was born of fire and may well end that way.

  • Its Disappointing to see so many New Zealanders bitching about adventure tourism. Once upon a time kiwi,s were known for be the craziest tourists of the lot, now a bunch of softy's. Go back to worrying about your mortgages and the price of avocados.

  • Sadly Kelsie the blond female guide in this video is in an induced coma very badly burned in hospital , my heart goes out to her family and friends at this time . I recommend that if you go on one of these tours you say some sort of goodbye to your loved ones , this place should not be a tourist destination full stop .

  • Is such a sad story what happened here but do understand the odds are very slim of this happening
    Tours here have been going on for many years without incident and is a very unfortunate situation but you are much more likely and at higher risk just driving in your car everyday

  • Could you imagine standing taking photos yukking it up and next minute your burning to death with ash and 400 plus degree rocks pelting your skin and gasses suffocating you.

  • Why would they ever even allow anybody on an active volcano? Oh wait could it be the money? 🙄🤬

    May all who died RIP and my prayers for those recovering with burns. I can only imagine being burned is the worse thing to go through.

  • Anyone who would set foot on this island has gotta have rocks in their heads- or they will after an eruption- damned hot ones. Tour operators should NOT land here- views only should be taken in from the water at a safe distance- sheesh!

  • People will still go there after this settles down because they like living on the edge and if there is money to be made the athoritys wont stop it iether. R.I.P the 16 people that has died that white island has taken.

  • Rotorua township is practically built on a volcano with vents through the town, visitors go to Hell's Gate and Whakarewarewa all the time plus people ski every year on Ruapehu, an active volcano. And dig hot pools at the beach at Hot Water Beach, above a shallow magma chamber.
    We live on an active subduction zone of two tectonic plates. If its not a volcano zone, it's a earthquake zone.
    Risk mitigation is carried out but sometimes we lose the gamble.

  • wow such a once in life time experience,they were very lucky nothing happen at that time glad to have seen video of white island,now understand why people wanted to go there.God Bless the ones who got hurt and died this year.

  • RIP the guides and visitors who died from the eruption. An active volcano should have never been a tourist attraction site in the first place. Some people often forget about the power of mother nature and think because of all the technology that we have now a days that they are invisible to danger and more concerns with the" likes" that they are going to get when posting risky adventures on social media. The fact is we human are fragile beings like the rest of living things on this planet earth, we can easily die.

  • Such a shame certain opportunists have taken the opportunity to jump all over your video only for the purpose of shaming and critisism. You opportunists who are reading this, Robin and Laura have been providing valuable backpacker content for people in NZ for a couple of years now and this video is a year and a half old.

    A lot of these opportunists are only being critical because the Youtube algorithym is reccomending these video to them or they found it in Youtube search.

    If this video was sooooo bad, where were you all a year and a half ago when the video was published? where were you THEN????

    Robin and Laura I know how you're feeling with this video, I have a certain 2 or 3 videos on my channel which are hated by certain chinese people for similar fickle reasons. They come to my channel, slag off my videos, and then leave… they never watch any other videos. They think they're actually doing something meaningful by doing this.

    I suppose look at the bright side, it's given the video and your channel more traffic… and the robot that is the algorithym doesn't really care why people are engaging (watching and commenting), it only cares that they are engaging.

  • Most of the volcanos in NZ are "active". Active isn't "imminent". Sending our thoughts to family & far away friends in Whakatane 💟

  • Reminds me of walking around at Yellowstone 3 decades ago. I wondered how safe it was to walk near unstable boiling mudpots that surrounded us.

  • Seems horribly reckless of whoever has jurisdiction of that island. These 2 were lucky, but drinking 🌋 water might cause problems be down the road. I hope they're okay 😔

  • Make sure everyone is eearing lightweight teeshirts and shorts..opeb top shoes for max protection..Bob the builder hats and dust masks makes it safe..dont worry..dont forget to pay.

  • Stupidest idea ever to make a walking tour inside an active volcano. WTF?? The victims of the recent erruption burned to death.

  • Yeah, better to visit it on YouTube than actually visit it in person, obviously!! White Island volcano has been active for decades! Amazing that they allowed the general public i.e. tourists to go there to explore! Some adventure! Cost too many lives all for profit and greed by those tourist operators and these greedy cruise lines these days that pack people in like sardines also for profit and greed! Those aren't sleek elegant cruise ships of past decades since the 20s and 30s, they're not only floating hotels, they're ugly floating buildings! RIP to those who lost their lives and hope those who were burned survive their wounds. I'm sure they'll have CPTSD from this for years to come unfortunately! All in the name of "adventure" instead of using good old "common sense"! You don't visit live active volcanoes unless you're a volcanologist!! smdh

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