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The Whakatane District Council area is located on the North Island ,in
centre of the curve forming the Bay of Plenty.Looking northwards across
blue Pacific Ocean to the islands of Tonga, Samoa and the distant Hawaiian
group.The three rivers that have transformed this area from the original
swamplands dissect the fertile coastal Rangitaiki Plains.Hills covered
in a mixture
of native and exotic forests surround these flat fertile areas.The hills
south to include the large area of the Urewera National Park with its special
history,nature and culture to covers over a third of the District Council
bounded on its edges by the fertile valleys of Galatea,Ruatoki,Waimana
The total area of the district is 420,000 hectares,with a population of
approximately 35,000. 14,000 live in the Whakatane urban area,8,000 in
other six rural centres and 13,000 in the rural sector of the district.
The lakes, rivers, National Park, as well as the trout fishing, deer and
activities all complement the coastal recreational opportunities and give
visitor/tourist unparalleled opportunities to swim, fish, hunt, walk and
all within thirty minutes of the town center.
The paramount and unique feature of the District however, is the active
volcano, White Island, situated thirty miles off the coast.Visitors can
pleasant cruise out to the island, and have an opportunity to actually
and walk amongst the steaming craters, smell the sulphur, and enjoy the
The entire area is steeped in the history and culture of the Maori people.
From the landing of the first canoe to the present day, this area has been
populated by the descendants of those early arrivals and they have woven
the history, growth and culture of the district.
The area is blessed by a climate unequalled in New Zealand and regularly
obtains the highest temperature for the country and is regularly reported
as the top centre for the number of sunshine hours recorded each year.
We are proud of our area and would welcome the opportunity to show you
the Whakatane District-
The hottest place in the country,
Where the weather is the best,
The fishing is always good,
The sun always shines,
The scenery is spectacular,
The soils rich and productive,
The uniqueness of White Island is only 1/2 hour away,
The Maori Culture and history precious and preserved,
The diverse and competitive industries and opportunities for investment
And the people positive and progressive.
An invitation is extended to all visitors, tourists and future residents
Discover Whakatane-the hottest District in New Zealand.
Colin J Hammond