Whakatāne is located in the heart of the Eastern Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. The local area offers visitors endless coastlines, ancient forests and breath-taking landscapes. It is also rich in culture and well-endowed with sunshine.

Local Māori believe New Zealand was first discovered more than 1,000 years ago by Tiwakawaka, who settled his people in what is now Whakatāne. The town takes pride in its rich Māori history and is a great place to enjoy authentic cultural experiences.

Close to the coast of Whakatāne is Moutohorā (Whale Island) — one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets. The island is home to a plethora of New Zealand’s rare and endangered plants, birds and reptiles. A sanctuary, it is fiercely protected by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation, meaning access to the island is only possible with official tour providers.