Local Activities and Attractions
Sunny Whakatane is well known for fishing trips and volcano visits, but there are plenty of other things to do and see.
Cruise across the Bay of Plenty and explore the inner crater of New Zealand's most active volcano, White Island. Often described as a once-in-a-lifetime trip and the highlight of a holiday spent in New Zealand, this is not to be missed!
"The Gambler" Fishing Charters
Whakatane has been rated by top fishing correspondents as New Zealand's best all round fishing destination. Mick, the skipper of "The Gambler", has fishing experience of 45 years and has been charter fishing in the Bay of Plenty for over 16 years.
Whakatane Golf Club
This championship course is one of the finest golf courses in the Bay of Plenty. With the fast-running greens and lush, forgiving fairways, the course offers golfers at all levels a challenging and rewarding 18 holes.
Whale Island (Moutohora) Snorkelling Sailing Trip
Departing from Whakatane, Wildside Adventures offers snorkeling trips around the islands of Moutohoroa and the Rurimas.
Tarawera Falls Walk
Experience New Zealand's wilderness first hand. Enjoy a guided walk through New Zealand's indigenous forest. Visit a breath-taking waterfall. Sometimes see trout in the crystal clear water.
Follow an interesting Historic Trail through the town centre and along the river bank. Information about each point of interest is included in the map markers and there are also plaques at most sites giving more information.
Public Art Trail
Whakatane has a wide range of public art from traditional Māori carving to contemporary sculpture and painting. A map of the trail is available and each marker has information on the specific item at its location.
Whakatane Aquatic and Fitness Centre
There's something for everyone at the Whakatane District Aquatic Centre. Swim some laps in the 25-metre pool, relax in one of the spas, work out in the gym complex, take the kids paddling in the learners or beach pools, or get your thrills on the hydroslide.
Kiwi Capital of the World
In Whakatane, kiwi are literally in our backyard; we can walk off the pavement into the bush and be in kiwi territory. During the months of May and June, the Whakatane Kiwi Trust hold their popular Kiwi Night Walks every Friday evening. It's a great chance to hear the kiwi calling and learn about the fantastic work being done to protect our furry neighbours. If you can't make a Kiwi Night Walk event you might enjoy a self guided walk of the Fairbrother Loop. Night or day it's an exciting place to visit and takes approximately one hour to complete. There are information panels and a number of markers that will guide you on your journey. Download the self-guide map for points of interest and information about the wildlife you might encounter.
River Edge Park Miniature Railway
A miniature railway owned and operated by The Eastern Bay of Plenty Model Engineers Society Inc. The railway comprises approx 440m of dual gauge (5" & 7.25") ground level track with a station loop, sidings, turntable and steaming bays. Trains run on selected Sundays from 10am - 3pm, weather permitting.