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White Island NZ (aka Whakaari) is an active stratovolcano in Bay of Plenty Region, located approx 48 km (30 ml) to the west of North Island (New Zealand). The island is NZ's most active cone volcano. The closest mainland NZ towns are Tauranga and Whakatane. The island was 'discovered' by James Cook (1728-1779) and is continuously smoking since 1769.
Whakaari (White Island) is roughly circular in shape, with diameter around 2 km (1,2 ml) and highest elevation 1053 ft (321 m) above sea level. However this is only the peak of a huge submarine mountain, rising up to 5249 ft (1600 m) above the sea floor. In early-20th century was was attempted sulfur mining, but was abandoned in 1914 when a mudflow killed all 10 workers there. Current activities on the island are scientific research and guided tours.
Whakaari is privately owned, declared in 1953 as private scenic reserve. This means cruise ship tourists can't land here without permission. The island is also IBA (Important Bird Area) due to its breeding colony of around 3000 Australasian gannet pairs.
Port White Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from White Island, New Zealand. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.