Island (Whakaari) lies 50 kilometres off Whakatane
on New Zealand's beautiful east coast of the North Island.
It is New Zealand's most active volcano and was named by
Captain Cook who thought it apt for an island smothered
in white clouds of steam. White Island is small - just over
300 hectares - and rises 321 metres out of the sea. It last
erupted in 1981 and visitors report regular rumblings and
active steam vents.