Three Queenslanders are still unaccounted for following a massive volcanic eruption off the North Island in New Zealand.

Brisbane woman Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica, 20, are missing in the wake of the catastrophe that has killed at least five people.

Family of the pair told the ABC they were on the cruise liner Ovation of the Seas and had taken a tour to see the active volcano on White Island in the Bay of Plenty on Monday.

North Queensland man Robert Rogers, 78, from Herberton, is also believed missing.

But others are safe, such as Townsville woman Karen Brechin, 62.

Her daughter, Tilly Singh, told the Townsville Bulletin on Tuesday her mum and stepfather Wayne Brechin were okay.

Amy Miall 30, from Brisbane, and her partner Mathew Thomas, 31, from Tamworth, were also feared missing but have since made contact with family.

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Ms Miall’s father Anthony posted on social media that his daughter was safe.

Newlyweds James, 23, and Madeleine Whitehouse, 24, from Brisbane, were also initially listed as missing and are also safe, The Courier-Mail reported.

 

AAP