Whakatane Must Do

KG Kayak Tours

KG Kayaks is the Number 1 outdoor Whakatane activity on Tripadvisor! Kayak adventures departing from Whakatane for independent travellers, family groups and corporate team building. KG Kayaks offer safe and comfortable tours with professional guides on a range of Kayak trips.

Sail to Whale Island and visit seals and other marine life. Visit the stunning but secluded Otarawairere Bay. Or explore the islands and history of Ohiwa Harbour. Moonlight trips are available. We promise lonely islands, secluded beaches and an escape from the crowd. Accommodation is also available.

More info… www.kgkayaks.co.nz

Places to Eat & Drink

Julians Berry Farm


Roquette Restaurant & Bar


Cobb & CO


Gibbos Fresh Fish & Chips

Global Thai Restaurant & Bar

Mataatua Wharenui

In Whakatāne, New Zealand’s longest continually occupied settlement and gateway to Whakaari (White Island), you will find the revered Mataatua Wharenui: a fully carved Māori ancestral house that travelled the world for over a century, before returning home to its people – the Ngāti Awa Māori tribe of the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

An alternative to other more commercial cultural options available in the larger centres, Mataatua is a remarkably personal encounter defined by a rich and genuine insight into a fascinating culture, the legendary story of the house that came home and the warmth of welcome as visitors arrive and strangers, but leave as friends.

If commercial cultural attractions are not your cup of Kawakawa tea, and a personal, interactive and genuine immersion into Māori culture is what you seek, make your way to Mataatua today.

More info… www.mataatua.com