About Whakatane, New Zealand
Whakatane is a popular holiday and business destination in the Eastern Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. With plenty of outdoor activities, and a wide range of businesses established here, Whakatane is very much the hub of this region, and the gateway to the rugged East Cape.
Whakatane is well set up to service the travelling executive. From your most basic needs such as photocopying and stationery supplies, through to conference facilities and catering, Whakatane has it.
Being within easy driving distance of Tauranga, Rotorua, Hamilton and Auckland, Whakatane is often chosen by large organisations that need to bring their regional staff together in a central location.
Whakatane is known for being one of New Zealand's premier fishing destinations. A number of large charter operators are based in Whakatane, and will take you out for to try and catch your limit, or at least enough to feed the family! You can choose from in-shore fishing targetting Snapper and Gurnard, or get more adventurous and head off-shore for some game fishing.
White Island - Whakaari
White Island really is the jewel in Whakatane's crown. This is New Zealand's only active marine volcano and can be seen puffing away on the horizon. You can actually head out there via boat or helicopter and walk on the island! Don't worry, it's perfectly safe.
This is an island with an amazing history, you can walk around the corroded ruins of past mining efforts, and watch as nature reclaims her hold on the island.
Don't forget to ask your tour-guide about the cat.
Arts & Culture
While Whakatane might be best known as an outdoor playground, it also has a thriving arts scene. The local theatre group is very active, putting on several shows a year to rave reviews. There are a number of sculptors and artists in Whakatane and the surrounding area and the local tourism board has put together a Creative Trail Map so you can find out who to visit. The Museum & Gallery is host to the the annual Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award, which is held alongside Whakatane's Summer Arts Festival. So if you here in late January, make sure you check it out.