whakatāne town

Beaches | Buildings | Rivers | Town / Urban
The Whakatāne District is one of the most diverse and beautiful areas in Aotearoa. There are 54 kilometres of sandy beaches and 433,000ha of National Park all within a short drive of each other.
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stunning beaches

Whakatāne town is the heart of the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Whakatāne’s climate is without equal; it has claimed the Sunshine Capital of New Zealand for four years and also boasts ancient forests and breathtaking landscapes. Visually it could be compared to Camden, Maine, USA where boats are moored close to a bustling town centre.

Whakatāne is steeped in history and culture. The Mataatua canoe landed at Whakatāne and pa sites from early settlement are identifiable along the coast.

It is the commercial centre of the Eastern Bay and the attractive coastal town sits on the banks of the Whakatāne River.

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Whakatāne District Council

location & distance

One of the great things about filming in the Bay of Plenty is the close proximity to New Zealand cities and rural townships.  Even when you are enjoying our spectacular rural filming locations you still have access to major infrastructure and amenities nearby.

Auckland CBD

309km | 3 Hours, 35 Minutes

Tauranga CBD

85km | 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Rotorua CBD

85km | 1 Hour, 15 Minutes

Whakatane CBD

Taupo CBD

168km | 2 Hours, 2 Minutes