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36).  Volcanic White Island    Bay of Plenty (December 2001)

After leaving the Cook Islands, I arrived in New Zealand and spent two months there visiting almost every nook and cranny.  Perhaps the most incredible place I visited in New Zealand was White Island, a giant volcanic crater that sits about 20 miles offshore.  The tour was certainly fascinating, but after spending an hour on the island, I could taste a sulfuric crust building up on my lips.  While it's an amazing place, and totally unlike anyplace I've ever seen, I don't think I'd want to be a tour guide here.