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Vacation rentals in Whakatāne

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Guesthouse in Whakatane
Quiet retreat with all amenites
This stand alone property has it all, separate from the main house it has a private entrance and backs on to a reserve with river walks summer and winter . The bedroom is closed off to the large lounge with polished concrete floors . The French doors open to the pool and rear pocket lawn. You will have the use of the pool ( shared in summer)and a spa The kitchenette has a Microwave, tea and plunger coffee fridge and freezer . The bathroom is of a good size and has a walk-in shower and toilet
$88 per night
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Guest suite in Whakatane
‘The Den’ 2 x Bedroom Self-Contained Guest Suite
MAXIMUM 3 GUESTS Positioned in the gateway to Whakatane, all amenities are easily accessible Self -contained 1 x Queen bedroom, 1 x Single Bedroom, Bathroom, Living Room, Kitchenette, Outside area with Spa Pool & Fire pit. Plenty of off-street parking Private entranceway: Main entrance 2 steps. Ranchslider entrance 1 step. Short walk to local shops. Town 20 mins walk Minimal cleaning fee of $10 with no cleaning rules/demands
$82 per night
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Guest suite in Whakatāne
Bush haven private studio
Surrounded by the bush, our unique cosy studio is a welcome retreat. Breakfast and good coffee is provided for our guests. Situated within walking distance to the beautiful Nga Tapuwai o Toi walking track, 5 mins drive to Ohope beach and Whakatane town. Listen to the call of native birds, including Kiwi. Sit on the deck and watch the sun go down. This is a great place to unwind and relax.
$58 per night
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Stay near Whakatāne's top sights

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Julians Berry Farm & Cafe17 locals recommend
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PAK'nSAVE Whakatane12 locals recommend
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Countdown Whakatane8 locals recommend
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Whakatāne Heads5 locals recommend
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New World Whakatane11 locals recommend
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Gibbo's Fresh Fish4 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Whakatāne

Home in Whakatane
Cosy 1 brm cottage on a quiet private rear section
$91 per night
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Guest suite in Whakatane
Ocean view holiday studio
$78 per night
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Home in Whakatane
Downtown Retreat - Super-fast Fibre Wifi
$170 per night
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Rental unit in Ohope
Beach front, next to surf club, shops and cafes
$115 per night
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Guesthouse in Coastlands
Coastlands Gem - Relax in your own private space.
$68 per night
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Vacation home in Ōhope
Ohope Beach- West End, 1 Bedroom, 50m from beach.
$60 per night
Guest suite in Ōhope
Adorable 1 bedroom apartment with its own entrance
$66 per night
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Guest suite in Ohope
Ohope Beach Village Studio, elevated with view
$84 per night
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Rental unit in Whakatane
WARU Whakatane: Waterfront Apartment
$162 per night
Private room in Coastlands
WHAKATANE COASTAL
$55 per night
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Guest suite in Whakatane
Paradise on the Sand
$104 per night
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Bungalow in Whakatāne
Tui Talk Bungalow
$85 per night

Your guide to Whakatāne

All About Whakatāne

On the eastern Bay of Plenty in the North Island of New Zealand, Whakatāne is a haven of unspoiled nature, rich culture, and laid-back vibes. The region has 31 miles of beautiful coastline to explore, and the nearby beaches boast clear waters and soft sand. The abundant marine life draws divers and anglers, while kayakers, surfers, and sailors enjoy exploring from the surface. On land, there are ancient forests, hiking trails, and cycling routes to keep adventurers occupied for days. The area is the official home of the nation’s most favorite residents, the flightless kiwi bird. There are guided trails to explore their protected habitats in the nearby bush, and their calls can be heard from the town center.

The Bay of Plenty lives up to its name, with an abundance of fresh local produce making its way into the local eateries. Oysters are a popular delicacy of the region and are served in the town’s bars and restaurants. Whakatāne town itself has a relaxed atmosphere and community vibe. Independent stores offer unique gifts and crafts, representing the strong local arts scene.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Whakatāne?

As a natural paradise with endless outdoor activities and a mild, temperature climate, Whakatāne is a pleasure to visit at any time of year. Since Whakatāne is located in the southern hemisphere, summer is in January and February, boasting the warmest and driest months. Visit then and you’re bound to catch a snippet of the Summer Arts Festival, which runs from January through April. Expect live music, dance, theater, and film. Jazz in the Park is a highlight and is usually held in the local rose gardens in February.

Whakatāne in winter is both cold and wet. Although rarely reaching below freezing temperatures, you’ll still want to bundle in layers and bring along waterproof outerwear.


What are the top things to do in Whakatāne?

Te Ana o Muriwai (Muriwai’s Cave)

Now a sacred site, the cave was once home to Muriwai, an honored Mataatua priestess and ancestress. This cave was under a tapu (prohibition) since Muriwai’s death, which was eventually lifted in 1963. Found in a natural setting surrounded by kawakawa shrubs, people visit here to pay respects to the memory of the region’s priestess.

Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park

A 90-minute drive from Whakatāne, turquoise waters rush past impossibly green moss-covered rock faces at this conservation park. The diverse scenery at Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne is stunning. Follow the waterfall walking trail through the podocarp forest, which is towered over by matai, tōtara, and kahikatea trees. Bring a packed lunch to enjoy at the waterfall picnic site.

Moutohorā/Whale Island

This island is a protected wildlife sanctuary and home to a number of endangered species. Take a tour to ensure your visit supports the continued conservation of this regenerated native bush. Onepū/Sulphur Bay is a secluded beach on the island, where you can dig your own hot spring pool.

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