Whakatane New Zealand
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Ohakana Island, Ohiwa Harbour. Whakatane
Ohakana Island, Ohiwa Harbour. Whakatane
Mataatua Waka Boat Race. Whakatane.com
Mataatua Waka Boat Race. Whakatane.com
Otarawairere Bay. Photo by Whakatane.com
Otarawairere Bay. Photo by Whakatane.com
Ohiwa Harbour NZ. Photo by Whakatane.com
Ohiwa Harbour NZ. Photo by Whakatane.com
Ohope Beach NZ. Photo by Whakatane.com
Ohope Beach NZ. Photo by Whakatane.com
The Heads Whakatane NZ. Whakatane.com
The Heads Whakatane NZ. Whakatane.com
Whakatane River. Photo by Whakatane.com
Whakatane River. Photo by Whakatane.com
White Island off Whakatane. Whakatane.com
White Island off Whakatane. Whakatane.com

Whakatane Information

Whakatane in New Zealand is situated at the mouth of the Whakatane River in the Bay of Plenty. The town has a population of about 20,000 people and has long been populated by the Mâori indigenous people which still today count for about 40%.

Whakatane’s main industries include fishing, farming, forestry and tourism. With 54 Kilometres of Beautiful coastline and the Te Urewera National Park nearby many holidaymakers choose Whakatane for their idyllic destination to relax and getaway especially in the summer months when the population trebles.

A major drawcard for Whakatane is Ohope and Otarawairere Beach that provide safe swimming, perfect waves and one of the most picturesque sceneries in the Bay of Plenty. Ohiwa Harbour is another popular spot and perfect for some excellent activities like kayaking, windsurfing, fishing, water skiing and sailing.

Apart from the wonderful beach, wildlife and scenery, the town centre of Whakatane is also vibrant and buzzing with activities. The retail and commercial district features excellent shopping, cafes and plenty of restaurants.

Something magical and not to miss is a scenic flight and tour of White Island situated 48 kilometres off Whakatane. The island is one of the world’s few active marine volcanos that can be seen close up and the guided eco tour takes around 6 hours too complete. During the tour you will see lava bomba, bubbling mud, crystals, and furmeroles that will amaze your senses.

For culture, Arts and Heritage the Whakatane Museum and Gallery is another great activity. The Museum features displays and artworks that are informative and include the Mâori and European history of the Whakatane area.

There are plenty of events and things to do in Whakatane all year round. One of the events not to miss however is the annual Mataatua Waka Regatta held every year in April.

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Otarawairere Bay near Whakatane. Photo Courtesy of Whakatane.com
Otarawairere Bay near Whakatane. Photo Courtesy of Whakatane.com
Aerial View over Whakatane Township. Photo by Whakatane.com
Aerial View over Whakatane Township. Photo by Whakatane.com