About Whakatane

The Livingston Motel is located on Landing Road which is the main road into town from Tauranga and Rotorua.
Whakatane is less than 4hrs drive from Auckland and Hawkes Bay; 2.5hrs drive from Gisborne, Hamilton and Taupo; and less than 100kms from Rotorua and Tauranga.

As well as being accessible by road – Whakatane is also accessible by air with daily flights from Auckland.

The Whakatane District has a population of close to 35 000, this includes the settlements of Ohope, Murupara, Edgecumbe, Taneatua, Matata, Waimana and Te Teko.

Whakatane town itself has a population of 18 700.

The Whakatane District has been called the “Pacific Jewel of the Bay of Plenty” and it’s not hard to see why with it’s extensive sandy beaches, White Island (New Zealand’s only active marine volcano), and Te Urewera National Park.

The national Park makes up 41% of the Whakatane District and is a protected native forest with a rich array of fauna and flora. There are many walking tracks in the area, a Heritage Trial and many parks and playgrounds in various locations around the town.

Whakatane is regarded as the Kiwi Capital of the World Рand through May and June the local Kiwi Trust hold numerous Kiwi Listening Walks through the native bush to hear Kiwi calling in the wild.

Whakatane has a wonderful array of shops to explore, but if that doesn’t interest you there are a few other activites you might consider.


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