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Ohope Beach, Whakatane

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With some of the warmest temperatures in the country and beautiful views, Whakatane is a perfect holiday destination. Located on the Bay of Plenty, Whakatane is a popular fishing spot, and is home to many Maori historical sights. 

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Best time to visit Whakatane

According to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Whakatane holds the record of the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand. In 2003, Whakatane recorded an average of more than 7.5 hrs of sunshine a day. 

With some of the warmest temperatures in New Zealand, Whakatane is perfect to visit at any time of the year. There are plenty of outdoor activities in the Bay of Plenty, so consider visiting during the summer months. 

Driving tips in Whakatane

The travel time from Whakatane  to Rotorua is approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes by car. If you're planning to spend additional time in Whakatane, it is worth taking a trip offshore to White Island, and visit a volcano. 

Although Whakatane benefits from pleasant conditions, it is still advisable to take additional care on the road, particularly if you are new to driving in New Zealand. 

Drive to discover the sunshine capital of New Zealand

Nestled on the eastern Bay of Plenty coastline, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is Whakatane. 'Make your summer last longer' is the town's slogan, as it leads New Zealand in sunshine hours. Close by is Ohope Beach, with 11 kilometres of white sand and gentle breakers.  Whakatane is the starting point for trips to White Island/Whakaari, New Zealand's only active marine volcano. Not sure where to start? Check out our list of things to do in Whakatane while exploring the Bay of Plenty region.


White Island Tours

Address:  15 The Strand, Whakatane 3020, New Zealand

What better way to boast about your travel experiences than with the story of how you risked your life to explore the inner crater of New Zealand's only active marine volcano! Don't worry, White Island Tours have been doing this for over 21 years, offering a unique experience to get up close and personal with the hot rock. The tour comprises 6 hours of insightful ecological adventure fun, making it worth every cent.

Diveworks Dolphin & Seal Encounters

Address: 96 The Strand, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand

Enjoy 3-4 hours of swimming with the dolphins and other sea animals such as seals, gannets, penguins, albatross, whales and all sorts of fish species. If you'd prefer to stay dry, enjoy watching the whales and dolphins from the boat. Another option is a tour of the Moutohora Island Wildlife Sanctuary to learn about the 23 years of personal involvement and scientific research of this conservation project.

Whakatane Astronomical Society

Address: 22 Hurinui Ave, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand

Head to Whakatane's only observatory that is a voluntary, non-profit organisation. It operates purely for people interested in amateur astronomy. The society was founded in September 1960 and has been operating the small observatory since 1964. An incredible way to see the night sky and its wonders at an affordable price. 

Whirinaki Forest Park

Address: 3079 New Zealand

Whakatane is not just beach and coast. It is also an access point to some of the North Island's most stunning mature forests. The Whirinaki Forest Park is a one hour, forty five minute drive from Whakatane. It features high numbers of rare native birds, walking and mountain bike tracks, and accommodation huts and campgrounds. 

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