Whakatane is one of those places that have everything. The weather, beaches, facilities and services are all at hand, and yet Whakatane is a relatively small community. Opotiki is in the shadow of Whakatane, and Whakatane is in the shadow of Tauranga, but increasingly less so.

Wkakatane is also a young town and with the exception of the wharf area everything is ‘new’ and fresh, somewhat representative of the town.And, is represented the striking appearance of the Catholic Church.

The port of Whakatane is the launch location for the White Island cruises, and the owners of White Island manage access. This only ship to shore contract is with a Whakatane company; Pete’s Cruises. Any air excursions are out of Rotorua.

The Commercial Hotel has heritage status is one of the few old buildings in Whakatane.

The town has a population of 18,700, with another 15,700 people living within the greater Whakatane District.

Whakatane which is in the tip of the shadow of Mount Edgecumbe was among the towns affected by the 1987 Edgecumbe earthquake.

Whale Island is the small island off the Bay of Plenty coast about 12 kilometres north of Whakatane. The island has numerous Maori sites. It also provided shelter for James Cook's Endeavour in 1769. The Museum gives good account to the early history of Whakatane.

A whaling station existed on the island during the 19th century.

Whakatane is great place to visit. Allow a min of two days.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course