Whakatāne has a long history as a fishing port and as the gateway to White
Island. The fishing and diving around the island and surrounding reefs is
exceptional. The town has a busy shopping precinct with numerous cafes and
eateries, a whole range of sporting and recreation outlets, fashion stores,
bookshops and more. Whakatāne's climate is also without equal; it was the
Sunshine Capital of New Zealand in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014, and the
North Island's Sunniest Place in 2011.
Whakatāne is the artistic and cultural hub of the District, with regular art
exhibitions at Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi – the Whakatāne Exhibition
Centre, and many sites of historical significance to Māori.
Whakatāne has a fleet of charter boats, which give visitors the chance to dive
the crystal clear waters of the Bay, head out to chase Kingfish or Marlin, or
swim with the dolphins.
Visit and dine at the Whakatane Sportfishing Club and see one of the best mounted fish displays in the country.