Accommodation in Wakatane
90 kilometres from Tauranga, Whakatana is a great riverside town. It is also the main base for trips to White Island (Whakaari) an impressive active marine volcano.
Whakatane is a town with about 18,000 inhabitants, located 100 km east of Mount Maunganui. Again you will find fine beaches. But that’s not all you can experience here. A visit to the local museum is worth exhibitions of Maori art and information about the living conditions of former times. You can also go rafting and jet boating on the Whakatane River.
Whakatane is the gateway to White Island (Whakaari), the most active volcano in New Zealand , located 48 kilometers north of Whakatane. Other popular tourist attractions include: swimming with dolphins, whale watching, surfing, hunting and hiking.
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White Island Rendezvous ***
“Situated across the picturesque Whakatane Wharf, this is a great base for doing the White Island tours. They have tour booking office onsite as well as a great café offering delicious breakfast, coffee and lunch. ”
More information about the Bay of Plenty
1. White Island
Located 52 kilometers of the coast from Whakatane lies New Zealand’s only active marine volcano, White Island. Guided tours including boat or helicopter are available.
2. Scuba Diving
There are a number of great scuba diving opportunities in the region from wrecks, reefs and volcanic islands.
3. River Jet Te Puke
Take an exhilarating ride on the Kaituna River onboard a high speed Jet Boat.