Getting Around Whakatane
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/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:
There are a few car hire option in Whakatane
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