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35). Volcanic White Island    Bay of Plenty, New Zealand (December 2001)

After leaving the Cook Islands, I arrived in New Zealand where I spent the next two months.  The most amazing place I visited in New Zealand was White Island, a giant volcanic crater that sits about 20 miles offshore.  The tour was fascinating but after spending an hour on the island, I could taste a sulfuric crust building up on my lips.  It's an amazing place but I don't think I'd want to be a tour guide here.