The Lady on the Rock is a popular sight in Whakatane  Photos:  James Stanbridge

The Lady on the Rock is a popular sight in Whakatane
Photos: James Stanbridge

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 surrounding Whakatane District. 

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!