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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Lodging
“Visit a live volcano off the Whakatane coast. Check their website for booking details.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Cafe
“Lots to do here for the family! Pick your own berries, come for breakfast or lunch, mini golf, animals, play ground and more! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“The bakery inside the supermarket has lots of yummy cakes, breads, sandwiches, or hot dishes ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“They have everything you need in the grocery line, including Red Leicester Cheese (a bit expensive but worth it now and then!) Plus Fly Buys”
  • 3 locals recommend
Cafe
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  • 2 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
Travel Agency
“Pop in and see the crew at the local Information Centre, to be sure to make the most of your time in the area! The Information Centre itself is in a beautiful spot of the town, with river views and a White Island model displace inside. Near by is local shops along 'The Strand' and great cafe's and restaurants. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Museum
“Exhibition of local artifacts and art works, as well as a library, and free wi-fi.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bakery
“Nice ambience and lovely french pastries/food. Can also see this café from WARU :-).”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“More upmarket restaurant with really nice food and close to the river so you can take a stroll before or after dinner. Ring for a booking.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Nice for a drink on a sunny afternoon in the heart of the main street of Whakatane. Lots of other bars and eateries there as well and right in the middle of the shopping strip and across from the river walk.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very good Indian food. Service is very good as well. Can also see this restaurant from WARU.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“Lots of movies to choose from. Within walking distance. Great ice creams.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Lovely atmosphere. Comfortable place to meet friends for a drink or a meal.”
  • 1 local recommends
Boat or Ferry
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  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cafe
“Lots to do here for the family! Pick your own berries, come for breakfast or lunch, mini golf, animals, play ground and more! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“More upmarket restaurant with really nice food and close to the river so you can take a stroll before or after dinner. Ring for a booking.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Nice for a drink on a sunny afternoon in the heart of the main street of Whakatane. Lots of other bars and eateries there as well and right in the middle of the shopping strip and across from the river walk.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very good Indian food. Service is very good as well. Can also see this restaurant from WARU.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Lovely atmosphere. Comfortable place to meet friends for a drink or a meal.”
  • 1 local recommends
Indian Restaurant
“You will get one of the best curries in New Zealand at this very friendly Sri Lankan Restaurant. We use it a lot.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Soulsa has lovely food and wine selections for dinner and is located in Whakatane town ”
  • 1 local recommends

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