Welcome to Whakatāne

Whakatāne is the Bay of Plenty’s sunshine capital, Kiwi Capital of the World™ and cultural hub. Local Māori believe New Zealand was first discovered more than 1,000 years ago by Tiwakawaka, who settled his people in what is now Whakatāne. The town takes pride in its rich Māori history and is a great place to enjoy authentic cultural experiences.

Close to the coast of Whakatāne is Moutohorā (Whale Island) - one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets. Home to a plethora of New Zealand’s rare and endangered plants, birds and reptiles, the island sanctuary is fiercely protected by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation, therefore access to the island is only possible with official tour providers.

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what to do in Whakatāne

From island sanctuaries to coastal walkways and unforgettable Māori cultural experiences - there’s no shortage of things to do in Whakatāne.


where to stay in Whakatāne

There’s accommodation-a-plenty as you drive into Whakatāne. The main road in has loads of motel accommodation to choose from, then once you’re in the city centre, there’s the full range from budget backpackers through to luxurious apartment-style accommodation.

Places to Eat & Drink in Whakatāne

Whether you’re looking for high-end dining, or something more relaxed like takeaways, there’s something to suit every palate.


Meet the locals and hear the stories of Whakatāne.

itineraries & travel plans for Whakatāne

We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to. Check out some of our suggested itineraries and travel plans for Whakatāne.

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