Whakatane Car Hire

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The sunny town of Whakatane sits in Eastern Bay of Plenty on the North Island of New Zealand. With it’s exceptional year-round weather, and perfect location near the deep warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, Whakatane is the ideal place for an incredible holiday. Relax on golden sand beaches, go whale watching, swim with dolphins, or take a guided tour of magnificent White Island, the active marine volcano that is offshore to Whakatane. Experience some of the best ocean fishing you’re likely to encounter in New Zealand. So much to see and do – discover it all for yourself with a car hire from DriveAway.

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Collect your rental car from downtown Whakatane and prepare to explore. Some of the many sights to see in Whakatane are the museum, where you can learn about the local Maori culture and customs, the local observatory and Maori historical sites. Whakatane is the base for the beginning of many trips to Whakaari or White Island, the only active marine volcano in New Zealand, and is only accessible by boat or helicopter. On the island you'll see roaring steam vents, lava bombs, bubbling mud and hot thermal streams, or you could dive or snorkel in the crystal clear water that surrounds the volcano. If you need to stretch your legs, try the Nga Tapuwae O Toi Walkways, which could be completed as a complete 16km journey or broken up into different stages, and where you can learn about the area and its natural and historic heritage.

Drive your rental car to stunning Ohope Beach, a 11km stretch of white sand that is known for its great surf, and Ohiwa Harbour is a bird watcher’s paradise, with some of New Zealand's most magnificent and rare birdlife. Explore the fertile lowlands and the farming areas of the Rangitaki Plains and the unspoilt Te Urewera National Park, all a short drive in your rental car. Head west to the town of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui or south to the geysers and hot springs of Rotorua. See the best of the North Island of New Zealand with the freedom of your own hire car.

Cities (To and From) Distance (Approx. km) Travel Time (Approx. hr)
Whakatane - Rotorua 89 1.25
Whakatane - Auckland 297 3.75
Whakatane - Taupo 170 2

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