Getting Around Whakatane

Whakatane Tours

There is so much to see and do in the area of Whakatane and with a selection of great tours available you can look forward to seeing it all. Talk to your hosts at Tuscany Villas - they are happy to arrange bookings on your behalf and help plan your perfect Whakatane holiday.

Moutohorā Tours

Moutohorā/Whale Island is a pest-free oasis that is home to a number of New Zealand’s rare and endangered plants, birds and reptiles. Keep an eye out for a threatened tūturiwhatu/New Zealand dotterel, boisterous tīeke/North Island saddleback, Tuatara, or kākāriki/red-crowned parakeet as you journey through the regenerated native bush before you dig yourself a soothing geothermal spring pool at Onepū Bay, Moutohorā’s secluded hot water beach.

Tour of Moutohorā Highlights

  • 4-hour guided tour of one of New Zealand’s most protected wildlife sanctuaries

  • 15-minute boat journey to Moutohorā/Whale Island aboard a comfortable catamaran

  • Visit a kekeno/NZ fur seal colony

  • Abundant birdlife including tūturiwhatu/New Zealand dotterel, tīeke/North Island saddleback, kākāriki/red-crowned parakeet, tui and bellbirds

  • Swim at secluded hot water beach Onepū/Sulphur Bay

  • Dig your own private hot springs pool at Onepū/Sulphur Bay

  • Professional and fully trained crew and guides

Each ticket price includes a landing fee supporting the Department of Conservation’s work on the island and a contribution to support the Whakatāne Coastguard.

Dolphin and Seal Encounters

Get up and close with amazing sea life with ocean adventures led by Whale Island Tours. Head out onto the water for 2-4 hour tours where you will discover whales, swim with dolphins and seals and even diving the Sea Fire Wreck. Visit their website for more details and booking

Transport in Whakatane

So much of what Whakatane has to offer is right on the doorstep and within walking distance from your room at Tuscany Villas. To get to attractions that are further afield consider the following options:

Car Hire

There are a few car hire option in Whakatane

Bike Hire

For a lovely afternoon ride be sure to hire a bike from Tuscany Villas 

Map of the Area

View our location and the surrounding area of Whakatane