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THE OBSERVATORY

We welcome you to our home which overlooks the ocean and farmland. The guest area is located on the ground floor of our home. Only a 10 minute stroll into the township of Whakatane, and five minute drive to Ohope Beach, voted one of the safest surf beaches in NZ. The entrance to the famous Nga Tapuwai O Toi walking track is only 2 minutes from our home. If you are into astronomy, the Whakatane Observatory is steps away from our property, open to the public Tuesday and Friday evenings.

$65 per night
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Chill Ville

Fully functional kitchen with a wall oven Gas Hobbs and hot water Spacious bathroom with the shower over the bath Off road parking Private courtyard with a table and bench seats Close to town and the Warren Cole walkway that goes right to the Heads

$52 per night
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  2. Whakatane
Riverside Bahay Studio Guesthouse

Our guest house is named "Riverside Bahay" translating to house by the river in Tagalog (Philippine National language). Our guest house is located on a quiet street behind the host house, surrounded by a colorful garden, accessed through a side gate along host home. Our guest house features warm oriental themed decor with dimming lights, a private bathroom, air conditioning unit, kitchenette with a small bench stove top, and a private outdoor table and 2 chairs to enjoy a bite or beverage.

$58 per night

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Your guide to Whakatane

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.


How do I get around Whakatane?

Whakatāne Airport (WHK) is a visitor attraction in its own right, with its quirky, colorful 1970s design. From the airport, you can get a connecting flight to Auckland Airport (AKL), which has international and long-haul flights. Auckland is approximately a four-hour drive from Whakatāne. Additionally, Whakatāne is a little over an hour’s drive from both Rotorua and Tauranga, both of which are large cities with plenty of amenities and travel connections. There are regular buses between nearby towns, such as Tauranga, Kawerau, Ōpōtiki, and Ōhope. Once within Whakatāne, there are many walking trails for exploring the area. You can also rent bikes and pick one of the easy cycle routes.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Whakatane?

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.


What are the top things to do in Whakatane?

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.