White Island Volcano - Whakatane is the main jumping off point for visits by sea or air to White Island, New Zealand's famous active island volcano. Take the 2.5 hour trip by luxury motor cruiser, or a helicopter from nearby the golf course will get you there in 20 minutes.
If you are a golfer AND enjoy fishing - Whakatane has to be your dream destination for a vacation. Fish off the beach or rocks, or in the waters around Whale Island, or deep sea, the catches are plentiful for most of the year. Enthusiasts converge on Whakatane from all over New Zealand for major competitions.
Beaches - Just over the hill from Whakatane lies Ohope, with its 11km of wide, sandy beach, safe for young swimmers and surfers alike. Drive there in 10 minutes or, for the energetic there is a cliff walk through indigenous forest taking +/- 2.5 hours
Local History - Maori pa sites in the area date back to the first Polynesian settlements, estimated to have been around 1200 CE. According to Maori tradition Toi te Huatahi, later known as Toi Kairakau, landed at Whakatane, about AD 1150, in search of his grandson, Whatonga.
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