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White Island, lot of money for family of 4, is it worth it?

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White Island, lot of money for family of 4, is it worth it?

Hi, We are heading to NZ (North Island only) in late June/early July with our two kids (8 and 9). We are looking at going to White Island but it is a lot of money for all of us - NZD$610 - if you have done it would love to hear your thoughts? Thanks.

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1. Re: White Island, lot of money for family of 4, is it worth it?

The main thing that would worry me is the time of the year you're going. I know I keep on about it, but it's a very long way in a small boat and basically in the middle of winter the seas are bound to be rough. It's a lot of money to spend to have a nightmare trip when all you're wishing to do is get back on terra-firma.

But White Island itself is well worth the visit if these things interest you. where else in the world can you walk around on an active volcano, wearing gas masks and smeling "rotten-eggs". I suspect that the kids won't find it as interesting and would be just as happy visiting one of the geothermal parks in Rotorua.

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Fantastic advice Zappers - that is exactly what we feared. Thank you so much - will stick with Rotorua. Thanks again...K

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We did it a couple of weeks ago, and would say it is a MUST SEE. Your kids are at an age when they will appreciate the raw power of the earth, particularly with volcanoes being so much in the news.

Only complication may be getting on the boat. They can only go about 150 days a year, and we only got confirmed 12 hours before the departure.

Unless you are truly seasick prone, go for it.

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4. Re: White Island, lot of money for family of 4, is it worth it?

Thanks for your reply. After reading so much about this part of the world, we will definitely be back as we are only just scratching the surface by staying 8 days. Plan to come back in summer time to do things like Hot Water Beach etc and will do White Island then. Husband suffers terribly from sea-sickness and can bear it with sea sick tablets but think winter may be too much. Will do the river jet boat thing to OK . Thanks for your advice though. K

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