But after Monday's fatal eruption, some question whether they should have been there at all. Unfortunately, about 50 people were on the island when the volcano shot an ash plume some 12,000 feet into the air. Whakaari / White Island is New Zealand’s most active cone volcano, and is a popular tourist destination and scientific research site. The volcano sits northeast of New Zealand’s North Island in the Bay of Plenty. For an epic tour of White Island, you’ll arrive by helicopter and land on its surface. The zone extends from Whakaari/White Island to Ruapehu. White Island is New Zealand’s most active volcano. Its peak rises more than 1,000 feet in the air, but much of the mountain is hidden below sea level, making this the largest volcano in New Zealand! This is a list of active, dormant, and extinct volcanoes in New Zealand . New Zealand's most active volcano, White Island, sees thousands of tourists a year. ^ a b John H. Latter, … It last experienced a short-lived eruption in 2016. New Zealand's White Island exploded suddenly on Monday and almost instantly became the scene of unimaginable horror, but as the country's most active volcano a … New Zealand's White Island exploded suddenly on Monday and almost instantly became the scene of unimaginable horror, but as the country's most active volcano a disaster was not entirely unexpected. Most New Zealand volcanism in the last 1.6 million years has occurred in the Taupo Volcanic Zone (TVZ). Despite experiencing regular eruptions— most re cently in 2016—the volcano has been a major tourist attraction where visitors arrive via helicopter or boat to see the active volcano in all its glory. Burn units at local hospitals have been pushed to capacity and calls are emerging investigate the safety of tourism at New Zealand’s most active volcano. The eruption began at 2.11pm local time and, according to …