This is a picture of the New Zeland volcano before it erupted, killing at least six people and severely injuring at least 20.
I’m especially interested, of course, because Catherine lives in New Zealand.
Hike on an Active Volcano
If you’re an outdoorsy type, getting up close to a mighty volcano is one of the most exciting adventures you can have. Join a guide and go hiking up through the snowy forests to get up close to roaring steam vents and pits of bubbling mud. One of the best places is White Island which lies in the Pacific Ocean some 100 kilometers or so from the North Island. Once you’ve hiked across the island, you’ll come to the crater which spans several kilometres and is surrounded by 300-metre-high cliffs.
—Winter Activities in New Zealand for Adrenaline Junkies
OK, so “adrenaline junkies” might very well take the risk, the volcano doesn’t erupt very often.
But one tour company was also offering the tour to families with children over six years old:
Pricing and Conditions
Adult $229.00 – $389.00
Child (15 years and under) $130.00 – $290.00
Age restriction: 6
I assume they were talking about NZ dollars, not US, if so the cost in US dollars would be about 2/3rds of the prices listed.
The company got very good reviews from TripAdvisor, which describes the tour this way,
Cruise across the pristine waters of the Bay of Plenty to Whakaari/White Island – New Zealand’s most active volcano. After being fitted with hard hats and gas masks, guides will lead you on an exploration of the crater floor. Experience roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcanic streams, and the amazing lake of steaming acid. The vivid hues of yellow and orange, resulting from the abundant sulphur on the island, make it a photographer’s dream. After the time on the island, a light-packed snack box will be served back on the boat, whilst the area is also home to dolphins, whales, and other marine life, and viewing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat is a great way to end the day.
So the question is, should these tours be allowed? Apparently the last eruption was in 2016, three years after the previous one. More and more tourists are coming now — should they be more clearly warned of the unpredictable danger? What do you think? Would you take a chance exploring an active volcano? Would you take children there?
December 13, 2019