A volcanic eruption occurred at Whakaari/White Island in the Bay of Plenty on 9 December 2019. The New Zealand Police and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are responding. Visit the NEMA website for the latest information.
The Bay of Plenty is home to New Zealand's only active marine volcano, White Island.
A tour of Bay of Plenty's White Island will bring you up close to roaring gas vents, vivid yellow sulphur, iron oxide-red ground, a crater lake full of water, rich in sulphuric acid, and of course, the volcano itself. Not for the faint-hearted, a tour of White Island will fascinate those interested in the volcanic and geothermal workings of New Zealand. Sound a bit too adventurous? The Bay of Plenty is also home to other geothermal wonders that aren't so active; how about a guided tour or a soak in one of the regions many naturally heated hot pools.