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A Little Info

The Whakatane District in the Eastern Bay of Plenty is one of the most diversely beautiful areas in New Zealand. Sandy beaches are predominant along the 54 kilometres of coastline that stretches from Otamarakau in the west to Ohiwa in the east. Central areas include fertile lowlands and farming areas on the Rangitaiki Plains through to Murupara.

The climate is superb and many people are choosing to relocate, buy or set up business in a place where life can be enjoyed.

The Whakatane District has long been a popular holiday destination and tourism is an important growth industry. The population in parts of the district trebles in summer.


The largest town, and the commercial centre of the Eastern Bay, Whakatane is an attractive coastal town on the banks of the Whakatane River. It has a vibrant retail and commercial area, which includes excellent shopping, cafes and restaurants



From salt water to fresh, fishing around Whakatane is some of the best in the world and we can recommend our favourite charters, or spots if you want to take your own boat out. 


This region has some unique kayaking experiences. Explore beautiful and sheltered Ohiwa Harbour where you can paddle to deserted islands for a picnic. Or enjoy our favourite kayak to Moutohora Island Sanctuary (Whale Island). This is a double experience with a Catamaran boat ride out to the Island and then into your kayaks to explore. You can also do moonlight kayaking in the area.


Whakatane has several walking tracks and bush walks which explore the history of Whakatane and its unquie forna and bird life. These walks  include the Nga Tapuwae o Toi, Whakatane Heritage Trail, River Walk and Puketapu Lookout & Papaka Redoubt walks.  Details can be found at


Whether it be surfing, swimming, walking or cycling Whakatane has a diverse range of things to do. A short drive away, we also have the Awakeri Hot Springs which are  natural spring  fed mineral hot pools.


For a unique experience, join a dolphin watching boat tour to see these incredible creatures in their natural environment. Whales, seabirds, seals and other wildlife are also sometimes seen.


Trail along a piece of New Zealand's rich rail history and experience the natural beauty from the comfort of a rail-cart, cleverly adapted to be self-driven along the rail tracks. Enjoy numerous bush and farming scenes along the track.

Awakeri Rail Adventure
Otawairere Beach/Walk
Image by Matheus Frade
Delicious Cafe's & Restaurants
Thornton Beach
Fishing Charters & Surf Casting
Dolphin & Seal Watching
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