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Trip Start May 10, 2005
Trip End May 11, 2006

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Monday, September 12, 2005

Time to move on to Whakatane. 'WH' is pronounced F, so we had a bit of trouble pronouncing this as you can imagine!! No one thumped us, so we must have done O.K.
Paul was keen to get across to White Island from here. We were lucky to go on the very flash Pee Jay V (a sexy boat) the next day, which only runs if the weather conditions are O.K. Despite calm sees (they say) Paul managed to be sea sick (twice!!). Me, well I enjoyed the home made soup and delicious bread served for our mid-morning snack. After an hour and a half, we anchored off the Island having had Dolphins swim with us for some of the journey, and were then dinghied onto the Island's rocky shore. The walking tour of one of New Zealand's remaining active volcanoes was just great and active it certainly was with daily changes to the landscape occurring. We were instructed where to run for shelter should any activity occur during our visit. The last time a major change occurred was only five years ago. Health and safety in Great Britian would have prevented any visits to the island we reckon! We were also grateful for the gas masks which were provided to protect us from the heavy concentration of the sulpher fumes. The remnants of the sulpher factory was still in evidence, which shut down many years ago, due to the torturous conditions which mining presented on this island. Ten miners were wiped into the sea and lost due to a huge landslip approx. 90 years ago.
The journey back provided a smoother crossing, just as well as the lunch provided was scrummy! Good value trip at about 55 quid per person.
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