Five picks for a weekend in Whakatāne

Whakatāne is a busy, attractive, riverside town and, nearby, Ōhope has a sublime beach


Whakatāne wharf jumpers © Liz Light

From exploring our cities to outdoor adventures; our top picks for family fun, insights from local insiders or the best places to eat and drink – you'll find it all on the road. 

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Top attractions in Hamilton and Waikato

The Hamilton and Waikato region is well known for its nature-based tourism, underground wonders, Middle-Earth movie sets and iconic Waikato River.

Loved by the locals: Central Hawke's Bay

Visit Oruawharo in Tākapau for high tea and a tour of the sprawling 150-year-old homestead.

Loved by the locals: Waiheke Island

Whakanewha Regional Park in Rocky Bay, aka Ōmiha, provides a respite from busy tour buses and summer heat.

Small town treasure: Waipū

Waipū, just an hour and a half north of Auckland, is a small town steeped in Scottish heritage.

Loved by the locals: Matakana

I think Scandrett is the most beautiful and special of all Auckland’s regional parks – but I admit I’m biased.

Loved by the locals: Gisborne

Squishy bean bags and old leather sofas provide a delightfully-eclectic mix of modern, chic, casual and old elegance at the...

Loved by the locals: Tararua

Whariti Peak, at the southern end of the Ruahine Range, is one of the highest points that you can drive...

Loved by the locals: Eastland

Eastwoodhill Arboretum at Ngātapa has an outstanding collection of Northern Hemisphere trees, regarded as the largest and most comprehensive south...

Loved by the locals: Tauranga

Although no one knows the exact amount, it’s been said that one million people walk or run up or around...


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