According to Māori history Whakatane was the site where Māori 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 can be 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 activities and attractions.

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