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you are into your fishing and the sunshine, then a trip to Whakatane
is well worth a try.
(said Fa-ka-ta-nee) is about a one hour and 20-minute drive east
of Rotorua at the Eastern end of the beautiful
Bay of Plenty.
can get there by air, but it's best to drive in from Rotorua through
the scenic Rotorua Lakes.
the way, you can stop in at Hells
Gate for a look at one of the first Thermal Parks in New Zealand
and there are heaps of great picnic spots on the lakes fronts to
help you adjust to the relaxed BoP lifestyle.
is a town of about 18,000 people located at the mouth of the Whakatane
River and enjoys one of the most even climates anywhere in New Zealand.
makes it a perfect place to enjoy all year round as the winters
are mild, sunny and make for a very flat ocean. The summers are
never too hot to stop you enjoying the outdoors.
It's a spot that offers much to the outdoor enthusiast so come prepared
to get outside and enjoy the place.
first port of call should be to the Tourist Information Centre in
town and start collecting brochures.
book yourself into a suitable motel in town, or over in Ohope, drop
your bags off then get comfortable with your reading on the beach.
Make sure you have a cellphone as you will need to book tomorrow's
activities in advance, before you go out to dinner.
are some nice dining places in town and if you're about for a few
days it's worth asking your motelier what's good.
those on a short timeline who don't mind giving the credit card
a bit of a serve, the best thing to do first is to the Vulcan Helicopters
ride out to White Island.
Island is a very active volcano and if you go by chopper, you
can enjoy some spectacular views along the coast, fly all around
the volcano, and you can get out and go for a walk on the island.
It's a surreal lunar landscape and a truly amazing place to see.
course if you have a little more time on your hands, taking Pee
Jay's boat out to the island is even better.
that's not interactive enough for you, how about going out for a
swim with the dolphins?
Down Under run an excellent half-day activity where you can see
and swim with large numbers of dolphins.
is great for the sightseer or those wanting to get their feet wet,
and you can even be lucky enough to see the many types of whale
that migrate through these temporate waters.
water sporters are also catered for here. Dive White runs scuba
diving tours out on White island and on the nearby rocks and islands
and allow the opportunity for sightseeing and for hunting of crayfish,
abundant in the close in waters of the East Coast.
it's fishing that's your thing, then Whakatane is the place to be.
is a wonderful fleet of fishing boats available for charter all
year round and for sheer variety I reckon the Charmaine is well
worth a try.
Smith will take you out on half day, full day or overnight trips
and he'll supply all the gear and bait that you need. Will makes
sure that if there are fish biting in The Bay that you will be getting
close you will pick up snapper, kahawai, terakihi and sometimes
deeper waters it's a different story with yellowfin tuna, albacore,
kingfish, marlin, shark and the prized hapuka all making special
the sea's fish are attractive to you but you are firmly a land lover,
then there is brilliant beach fishing to be had along the sandy
beaches to the West of Whakatane.
Thornton out to Matata and along the
straights you can do well with a surf caster or long line. (See
section on Long Lining or on Beach lifestyles).
Remember that the coast doesn't stop at Whakatane, it's simply where
the west are the beach areas of Papamoa,
and Tauranga and to the
east is the magnificent and remote East
Cape of New Zealand.