Whakatane - NZ's Sunshine Capital

Whakatane District has again been awarded the title of New Zealand’s Sunshine Capital after recording the most sunshine hours for 2013.

Whakatane enjoys a temperate climate and records some of New Zealand's highest sunshine hours year after year.   With a new sunshine recorder installed in 2009, Whakatane was New Zealand's Sunshine Capital in 2010, 2012 and 2013 and the North Island's Sunniest Place in 2011. 

The district has moderate temperatures year round, with summer temperatures between 25°C and 28°C, and winter seldom falling below 11°C. Whakatane records the highest temperature in New Zealand about 55 days of each year.

Ohope Beach was recently voted ‘New Zealand’s Best Beach’ in an online poll initiated by the Green Party which attracted more than 18,000 votes.

Sunshine and beaches make a great holiday destination and Ohope is treasured by generations of New Zealanders as a favourite holiday spot.