Things to do in Whakatane

Go game fishing, swim with the dolphins, or walk through lovely native bush.

Whakatane, New Zealand's Sunshine Capital, and the Eastern Bay of Plenty offers a variety of things to see and do for all ages. Swimming with the dolphins is becoming increasingly popular with many visitors. There are local operators offering swimming/viewing trips. All of this is right here within minutes of our motel! We would be more than happy to provide you with information on places to go and things to do or to assist you with bookings.

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To find out more about relaxing on the stunning golden sands of Ohope Beach, go whale watching and dolphin swimming. Walk or run the beautiful Nga Tapuwae O Toi bush track, watch rare sea birds in unspoiled Ohiwa Harbour, and mountain-bike.

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Kiwi Bird Capital of New Zealand

In Whakatāne, kiwi are literally in our backyard; we can walk off the pavement into the bush and be in kiwi territory.

Kiwi hold a special place in the hearts of New Zealanders. The native bird is a national icon, and many New Zealanders refer to themselves as Kiwis.

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Whakatane is rated by top fishing correspondents as New Zealand's best all round fishing destination. During the summer months many different fish can be caught in the waters accessed from the port of Whakatane. Whakatane is renowned for its deep-sea game fishing and local charter companies are only too happy to look after all your needs. We can organise your fishing experience with one of our many tour operators.

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KG Kayaks

Here in the Bay of Plenty, on New Zealand's North Island we've got the Perfect Climate! The clear blue waters of the South Pacific! Fantastic coastline and Geothermal wonders! It's a kayakers paradise!

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Ohope Beach - NZ's Most Favourite Beach

Stunning Ohope Beach, (voted New Zealand's top beach), sweeps 11 km along the Pacific Ocean. Abundant sunshine, warm waters and safe swimming make it the perfect summer holiday destination. Maybe that’s why it was voted NZ’s Most Loved Beach. A short hike over the hill takes you to Ōtarawairere, a beautiful and secluded bay.

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