All About Whakatane

Whakatane invites you to relax in the sunshine, experience the special lure of the ocean and marvel at the relaxed friendliness of the people - as you discover all the little things that make our city so special.

Whakatāne has a busy shopping precinct with numerous cafes and eateries, a whole range of sporting and recreation outlets, fashion stores, bookshops and more. The town comes alive with local musicians and touring bands through the summer months. There’s also a multi-screen cinema complex showing the latest blockbusters and great pubs and bars for evening drinks.

Whakatāne has a fleet of charter boats, which give visitors the chance to dive the crystal clear waters of the Bay, fish for the "big ones", visit New Zealand's only active island volcano, White Island, or swim with dolphins.

The town is the artistic and cultural hub of the District, with regular art exhibitions at Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi - the Whakatāne Exhibition Centre, and many sites of historical significance to Māori.

 
 
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