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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.



Did you know?

White Island - Whakaari is the world's most accessible active marine volcano and the site of an ill-fated sulphur mining factory destroyed by a lahar in 1914, taking the lives of 10 miners.