Gateway to White Island - Whakaari and Ohope Beach, amazing marine life and native forests.
With a cultural heritage second to none, Whakatane shares busy downtown shopping with sacred sites, legends and ready smiles.
Relax amongst the cafes, browse the fashion retailers, bookstores and marine recreation outlets.
Take your time and embrace the gentle relaxation of the sea and native forest clad hills and valleys.
Summer wakes up with touring bands and musicians.
Crystal clear waters refresh and surprise with big game fishing tours and dolphins delight on trips to New Zealand's only active island volcano.
Art exhibitions, fresh fruit and markets, amazing weather and a casual beach culture create a place just ready to greet and delight visitors every day.
Ohope Beach and beyond
One of our country’s unspoilt places blessed with abundant sunshine, warm waters and safe swimming.
The white sand of Ohope Beach stretches for easy walking anywhere along the 11 km to Okiwa Harbour, voted New Zealand's most loved beach, year after year.
The perfection of Otarawairere Bay tucked around the corner and only accessible only by foot or by kayak, it’s worth the effort and definitely one for the photo album.
The Ohiwa Harbour coves, international golf course and sheltered inland water is a haven for bird life and graced by migrating godwits who return every season to nest.
It's so easy to kayak or spend a day under sail. A little further along the coast and you’re on your way to Opotiki, cruising the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
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Mataatua - the house that came home
Mataatua Wharenui: a fully carved Māori ancestral house that travelled the world for over a century, before returning home to its people – the Ngāti Awa Māori tribe of the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Experience the powerful story yourself.
Kayak Moutohora Island
A magical Wildlife Management Reserve protected by DOC and one of New Zealand’s little-known treasures. Home to a number of NZ's rare and endangered plants, birds, and reptiles. Grab a tour to visit, kayak and snorkel.
New Zealand's Most Loved Beach
Eleven kilometres of golden sand just stretching out in front of you. Ōhope Beach is an idyllic, iconic piece of postcard-perfect Kiwiana. Think blooming pōhutukawa, fish and chips, jandals and frisbees. Easy walking and gently rolling waves.
Ohope International Golf Club
Uniquely situated on a narrow finger of land between the ocean and the harbour, exceptional views and a fabulous links course. A very real community effort of fundraising and working bees that is now of very high standards to match to best anywhere.
Kiwi Capital of New Zealand
Whakatane is the ‘kiwi capital of the world’. Many of these rare, flightless birds live in the bush and reserves that surround the town. Listen carefully for kiwi calls and other bird song, when you're staying in town.
Did you know?
Whakatane is officially the sunniest place in New Zealand, recording 2710 sunshine hours in 2014. The town also won the title in 2013.