Whakatane sits in the spectacular Eastern Bay of Plenty of New Zealand, right beside the Pacific Ocean. These warm waters are world famous for incredible deep sea fishing, marine sports, whale watching and dolphin swimming and much more. On land these are a host of bush walks, bird spotting, beach activities and sightseeing tours to enjoy.
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.
This is your opportunity to see New Zealand’s wildlife as nature intended it and shows what can be achieved when a concentrated effort on conservation is made, managed and protected.
Kiwi Capital of the World
Whakatane enjoys the unique opportunity of enjoying the beloved but endangered national bird – the kiwi. There is no other large urban centre in New Zealand that has a kiwi territory in such close proximity. Kiwi calls can often be heard and some residents whose properties face the reserve sometime see kiwis foraging in their garden at night. The Whakatane Kiwi Trust work tirelessly to support this unique bird species at risk. To find out more have a look at their website
Mataatua – Maori Culture Experience
The Mataatua Wharenui is New Zealand’s only repatriated and most travelled Maori meeting house, now standing in Whakatane. Fully restored and open to the public, Mataatua offers a unique and moving experience of Maori culture. The visitors centre is free of charge with displays telling of the Wharenui’s history and teachings about Maori culture. You can book a cultural experience or take part in a Hangi – a feast of traditional Maori cuisine. Visit their website for more details and booking information
Nga Tapuwae o Toi Walkways
Located directly behine the hotel, take in stunning views of Whakatane whilst walking one of the Nga Taouwae o Toi walkways. These scenic tracks through stunning native bush will bring you close to nature, with seabird colonies and native birds, pohutukawa stands and plantation forest and unforgettable views over water and land. Also take a walk through history and visit ancient pa sites (Maori villages). There are 4 tracks, each ranging from 1-3 hours in length. For more details on each of the tracks visit the Whakatane information website or talk to your hosts at Tuscany Villas reception.
The Whakatane District is renowned for its superb walking, tramping and mountain biking tracks that include coastal tracks with stunning ocean vistas and walkways through ancient native forest. Te Urweras and Whirinaki Forest Park and a short drive from Whakatane and include a wide range of walks and tramps suitable for all levels of fitness and the time available.
Hunting & Fishing
There is so much on offer in the Whakatane great outdoors for fishing and hunting enthusiasts. Have a look at any of the following fishing charters and hunting tours:
Whale Watching, Dolphin Swimming and Fur 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.
Join your host Peter in enjoying scuba diving around the beautiful White Island and Moutohorā Islands
Enjoy a round of golf on one of the courses close to Tuscany Villas for a great holiday activity. Visit Whakatane Golf Course or Ohope Golf Course.