Welcome to Whakatane

Whakatane sits in the spectacular Eastern Bay of Plenty of New Zealand, right beside the Pacific Ocean. These warm waters are world famous for incredible deep sea fishing and marine sports.

Relax on the stunning golden sands of Ohope Beach, take a White Island live volcano tour, or go whale watching and dolphin swimming. Walk or run the beautiful Nga Tapuwae O Toi bush track, watch rare sea birds in unspoiled Ohiwa Harbour, mountain bike - the fun goes on.

Whakatane is the Sunshine Capital of New Zealand, with close to 2800 hours of sunshine during 2013. Ohope Beach won NZ’s Best Beach title for 2013*, so make your summer last longer and come on over to Whakatane. (*Green Party online poll)

Beachpoint Apartments


Whakatane has a wide range of accommodation providers, including Bed & Breakfast, Motels, Backpackers and Campsites.

Attractions and Activities

From fishing, diving and hunting to galleries and historical trails you will never be stuck for something to do in Whakatane.

Top 10 Things To Do

Sometime there are just too many choices! Plan your trip to Whakatane with this list of the very best activities the district has to offer.

Te Mānuka Tūtahi Marae

Te Mānuka Tūtahi Marae

Entering the heart of a living, modern Māori community, you will encounter the warmth and welcome of its people, Ngāti Awa.

Events Calendar

There is always something happening in Whakatane. Find local events from national championships to exhibitions and more.

Whakatane Spring Carnival

Whakatane Spring Carnival

Restaurants & Cafés

Check out our extensive range of restaurants and cafés or grab some fresh fish & chips and head to the beach.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Whakatane has a lot to offer our two wheeled tourists and especially those with thick knobbly tyres.


Keen for a paddle? The Eastern Bay of Plenty is a superb kayaking playground with many beautiful lakes and rivers.

Whakatāne Blog

Find out what it's like in Whakatāne from the best source: people who live and work here every day.

Information Centre

We are here to help you with directions, accommodation, local attractions and activities.  We will even book it for you!


Get a room with a view. From beachfront to town centre we have a range of conference facilities and suppliers to suit your needs.