Vacation rentals in Whakatāne

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Stay near Whakatāne's top sights

Julians Berry Farm & Cafe16 locals recommend
PAK'nSAVE Whakatane12 locals recommend
Countdown Whakatane8 locals recommend
Whakatāne Heads5 locals recommend
New World Whakatane11 locals recommend
Gibbo's Fresh Fish4 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Whakatāne

  • Total rentals

    70 properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    30 properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    10 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    30 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    3K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $20 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Whakatāne

All About Whakatāne

On the eastern Bay of Plenty in the North Island of New Zealand, Whakatāne is a haven of unspoiled nature, rich culture, and laid-back vibes. The region has 31 miles of beautiful coastline to explore, and the nearby beaches boast clear waters and soft sand. The abundant marine life draws divers and anglers, while kayakers, surfers, and sailors enjoy exploring from the surface. On land, there are ancient forests, hiking trails, and cycling routes to keep adventurers occupied for days. The area is the official home of the nation’s most favorite residents, the flightless kiwi bird. There are guided trails to explore their protected habitats in the nearby bush, and their calls can be heard from the town center.

The Bay of Plenty lives up to its name, with an abundance of fresh local produce making its way into the local eateries. Oysters are a popular delicacy of the region and are served in the town’s bars and restaurants. Whakatāne town itself has a relaxed atmosphere and community vibe. Independent stores offer unique gifts and crafts, representing the strong local arts scene.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Whakatāne

As a natural paradise with endless outdoor activities and a mild, temperature climate, Whakatāne is a pleasure to visit at any time of year. Since Whakatāne is located in the southern hemisphere, summer is in January and February, boasting the warmest and driest months. Visit then and you’re bound to catch a snippet of the Summer Arts Festival, which runs from January through April. Expect live music, dance, theater, and film. Jazz in the Park is a highlight and is usually held in the local rose gardens in February.

Whakatāne in winter is both cold and wet. Although rarely reaching below freezing temperatures, you’ll still want to bundle in layers and bring along waterproof outerwear.

Top things to do in Whakatāne

Te Ana o Muriwai (Muriwai’s Cave)

Now a sacred site, the cave was once home to Muriwai, an honored Mataatua priestess and ancestress. This cave was under a tapu (prohibition) since Muriwai’s death, which was eventually lifted in 1963. Found in a natural setting surrounded by kawakawa shrubs, people visit here to pay respects to the memory of the region’s priestess.

Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park

A 90-minute drive from Whakatāne, turquoise waters rush past impossibly green moss-covered rock faces at this conservation park. The diverse scenery at Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne is stunning. Follow the waterfall walking trail through the podocarp forest, which is towered over by matai, tōtara, and kahikatea trees. Bring a packed lunch to enjoy at the waterfall picnic site.

Moutohorā/Whale Island

This island is a protected wildlife sanctuary and home to a number of endangered species. Take a tour to ensure your visit supports the continued conservation of this regenerated native bush. Onepū/Sulphur Bay is a secluded beach on the island, where you can dig your own hot spring pool.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do apartment rentals in Whakatāne have free parking?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 apartment rentals with free parking in Whakatāne. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in Whakatāne have a kitchen?

    Absolutely! We offer over 40 house rentals with a kitchen in Whakatāne. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do house rentals in Whakatāne have air conditioning?

    Absolutely! We offer over 20 house rentals with air conditioning in Whakatāne. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • Do apartment rentals in Whakatāne have wifi?

    Absolutely! We offer over 10 apartment rentals with wifi in Whakatāne. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.

  • What are the most popular amenities for House Rentals in Whakatāne?

    Enhance your stay in our House Rentals with the most popular amenities: over 20 homes with air conditioning, over 30 homes with wifi, over 30 homes with free parking, over 40 homes with a kitchen, and more. Indulge in the ultimate retreat, tailored to your preferences.

  • Are there family-friendly vacation rentals in Whakatāne?

    Whakatāne has more than 30 family-friendly stays. Amenities on the property may include high chairs, travel cribs, or strollers.

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Whakatāne?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Whakatāne. Choose from more than 10 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

  • How much does it cost to stay in private suite rentals in Whakatāne?

    Experience the best of Whakatāne with our private suite rentals, starting at about $50 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.

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