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Whakatane

Whakatane just 30 minutes to the West of Ohiwa is a coastal town of approximately 18,000 people, with another 15,650 people living in the rest of the Whakatane District. 

According to Maori history Whakatane was the site where Maori first settled in New Zealand some 1000 years ago from their Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki.

Whakatane is the current Sunshine Capital of New Zealand with a phenomenal 2792 sunshine hours – an average of more than 7.5 hours every day!

For visitors to Ohiwa Beach Holiday Park, Whakatane is used as a half or full day trip depending on what you'd like to do. This larger, vibrant and pretty coastal town offers a number of activity's and attractions.

Perhaps an afternoon shopping in the town centre or at the Hub, or a trip to White Island, swimming with dolphins or a nice coffee at one of the many boutique coffee shops. Whatever your choice Whakatane is a nice town to visit and popular by many.

Alot of interest centers around water activities. Swim with dolphins, whale watching, fishing trips and perhaps a bit of surfing at the salt spray surf school.

 

A trip to White Island is Whakatane's premier attraction and is regarded by many who visit the region as the highlight of their trip.