White Island was our must-do list for north NZ. We were not disappointed. My wife, 13yo daughter and I took a Vulcan helicopter out of Whakatane. The flight was great, but the volcano was something else. The vivid colours, acrid smells and jagged textures of the other-worldly landscape assault your senses as your local pilot-guide safely navigates you around tracks within the crater, interpreting the sights with stories of history, geology, commerce and tragedy. Plenty of time for photos and exploration. Just so other-worldly.
I was particularly intrigued by the bubbling pools of molten sulphur.
We agreed it was one of those pinnacle experiences in our lives.
Just do it!
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