Te Kōputu a te whanga a Toi

Bay of Plenty

Attached to the library, this impressive museum and gallery has artfully presented displays on early Māori and European settlement in the area. A gourd on display travelled from a distant Pacific island on the Mātaatua canoe more than 700 years ago. Other displays focus on Whakaari (White Island) and laud local sporting heroes. The gallery presents a varied series of NZ and international exhibitions.

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1. Pōhaturoa

0.13 MILES

Beside a roundabout on The Strand is Pōhaturoa, a large tapu (sacred) rock outcrop capped with pohutukawa trees, where birth, death, war and moko (tattoo)…

2. Te Pāpaka & Puketapu

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On the clifftops behind the town are a pair of ancient Ngāti Awa pā (fortified village) sites – Te Pāpaka (The Crab) and Puketapu (Sacred Hill) – both of…

3. Wairere Falls

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Tumbling down the cliffs immediately behind town, tall, skinny Te Wairere occupies a deliciously damp nook. It once powered flax and flour mills, and it…

4. Whakatāne Observatory

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On a hilltop behind town, this observatory offers abundant Bay of Plenty star-spotting when the sky is clear.

5. Mataatua


Mataatua is a large, fantastically carved 1875 wharenui (meeting house) that is the centrepiece of Te Mānuka Tūtahi marae (traditional meeting place). A…

6. Muriwai’s Cave

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This shallow, partially collapsed cave once extended 122m into the hillside and was the home of Muriwai, a famous seer and sister of Toroa, captain of the…

7. Lady on the Rock

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A whimsical 1965 statue of local heroine Wairaka stands proudly atop a rock on the mouth of the Whakatāne River.

8. Awakeri Hot Springs

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About 16km from Whakatane on the road to Rotorua (SH30), this old-fashioned holiday park has a large thermal mineral pool, two smaller children's pools…