Whakatane Museum & Gallery
Matata Eco Tours
Runs tours of the Tarawera Valley where you can learn about the native flora, fauna, and cultural heritage of the area.
Kiwi Feet Adventures
This local tramping tour operator runs guided walks around Whakatane to Tarawera Falls (half-day, $60), Lake Okataina (full day, $125)...
Latham’s Hill Track
Latham’s Hill Track (1½ to two hours) starts 17km south of town on SH30.
Just 10 months old when we visited, Coco is a hip, L-shaped corner spot serving bright, fresh cafe fare: bagels, paninis, corn...
Lonely Planet review
This impressive regional museum has artfully presented displays on early Maori and European settlerment in the area: taonga (treasures) of local Maori trace their lineage back to the Mataatua canoe. The art gallery presents a varied program of NZ and international exhibitions. It's rumoured to be relocating: call the number if it's not where it's supposed to be.