Diveworks Dolphin & Seal Encounters
This dive/ecotour company runs dolphin- and seal-swimming trips from Whakatane (cheaper if you're just watching from the boat), plus...
The ruins of Papaka Pa.
Right in the middle of the Strand, WhakaMax screens new-release movies. Cheaper tickets before 5pm and on Tuesdays.
Seasonal produce is transformed into excellent dishes at this cosy spot on Whakatane's main street. Begin with the duck and blueberry...
cnr The Strand & Commerce St · interesting places nearby
Beside a roundabout on the Strand is Pohaturoa, a large tapu (sacred) rock outcrop, where baptism, death, war and moko (tattoo) rites were performed. The Treaty of Waitangi was signed here by Ngāti Awa chiefs in 1840; there’s a monument to the Ngāti Awa chief Te Hurinui Apanui here, too.