We left our campsite in Whakatane for the town centre early in the morning, as we had to sign in for our boat trip to White Island, a live volcano. (White Island is also where they filmed the Eustace turning into a dragon on Narnia's Voyage of the Dawntreader)
The island can be spotted from miles away due to its constant steaming and erupting.
|White Island from the distance|
|White Island steaming|
On arrival at the island we had to transfer to a dinghy to jump ashore.
|Arriving at White Island in dinghy's|
|Our boat, dinghy and the bright red bay|
We had to wear hard hats due to the possibility of flying debris and a gas mask as some of the steam was sulphuric acid and carbon dioxide which got to the back of your throats making you cough.
|Us on White Island...looking very trendy in our hard hats and with our gas masks|
On the island we walked around for a couple of hours, seeing lots of exciting volcanic rocks, craters, steam, rivers of sulphur, loads of pure sulphur crystals and lots more :)
|Sulphur on the rocks|
|The steaming crater|
|A view of the whole crater|
|Boiling mud and water|
|Our party of tourists walking across volcanic terrain|
|The old Sulphur works, which are gradually being buried under ash and debris from eruptions|
Back on the boat we were provided with a packed lunch and had a trip around the island and back to the mainland. On the return trip we saw seals basking in the sun and encountered dolphins feeding and not just a few....loads and loads of them. They played around the boat for a while and they are absolutely beautiful, elegant creatures.
|Lots of dolphins|
Back on land we drove out of town to a beach campsite called Matata. We played around on the beach for a while until the sunset, which was spectacular again.
|The Matata Beach|
|Sunset on the beach|