Located in the Bay of Plenty region
On the coast of the Bay of Plenty region, Whakatāne is a great destination to experience outstanding nature, authentic culture and unique experiences. The North Island town is dotted with coastal forests which are home to native wildlife like kiwi. The town also has an ever-present view of Whakaari/White Island.
Whakatāne is a 1 hour 15 minute drive from Rotorua or Tauranga.
In Whakatāne, kiwi are literally in residents' backyards. You can walk off the pavement into the bush and be in kiwi territory. Because of this Whakatāne is the Kiwi Capital of the World.
With help from the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust, the Whakatāne Kiwi Project, and the community, kiwi in the Whakatāne District are prospering.
The Whakatāne District is home to many historically significant places. Take a step back in time and discover the landmarks of Whakatāne's first voyagers.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.