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What are the major attractions in Whakatane?
If your trip to Whakatane is all sorted out but your itinerary is a little on the empty side, let us give you a few hints and tips.Plan a stop at Whakatane Aquatic Centre. It’s one sight you’ll find on travelers’ to-do lists. If you still have some room on your schedule, Mataatua: The House That Came Home and Te Papaka & Puketapu will keep you occupied too.
What are the best road trip destinations near Whakatane?
If you have a little extra time and you don’t mind traveling 25 miles, check out Pongakawa. This place has plenty to keep you engaged. See the best sights starting with Lake Rotorua, Te Whakarewarewa and Ohinemutu. The locals are also likely to point you toward Rotorua, 40 miles away. If you can only see one thing here, let it be Lake Rotorua. (But we’re also big fans of Skyline Rotorua and Lake Okareka.)
Where are the best beaches near Whakatane?
No matter the weather, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the glorious beaches near Whakatane from the comfort of your own rental car. As you travel along, keep an eye out for seagulls flying over these stunning stretches of coastline:

  • Maraetotara Reserve (4 miles away).
  • Ohope Beach (4 miles away).
  • Opotiki Beach (15 miles away).

Where are the best convention centers near Whakatane?
If you want to get out and meet new people, participating in an event at Whakatane War Memorial Hall is a terrific idea. You’ll find it 1 mile from Whakatane, so have a look through the schedule and see what appeals.
What kind of rental car should I get for Whakatane?
With your very own rental car, Whakatane is all yours to enjoy. People visit this charming city for loads of reasons, and here at we have the ideal car for each of them. A major priority for big families is space (and legroom). Depending on the size of the family, that could mean anything from a full-size car to a van. Budget-conscious travelers enjoy the fuel-efficiency of our smaller cars, such as a mini or an economy. If you’re looking to turn some heads in Whakatane, you could even cast an eye over our special category for a ride that’ll make any car fan go weak at the knees.
Should I get a luxury rental car in Whakatane?
Sometimes it’s all about the journey, which makes finding the right car important. If you’re about to head off on an unforgettable road trip around Whakatane, a spacious SUV could be the best solution. If you want a fantastic bargain and plan on sticking mostly to the city, a versatile compact is hard to beat. All you have to do is choose what’s going to be the best fit, round up the troops, and start clocking up those miles.
What side of the road do they drive on in Whakatane?
Drivers stick to the left-hand side of the road in Whakatane. If you plan to rent a set of wheels here, take note that the steering wheel will be on the right. It could take a little getting used to!
Is it difficult to park in Whakatane?
You shouldn’t run into trouble finding somewhere to park in Whakatane. With loads of places to leave your wheels, exploring the best of this destination is a cinch.
Does Whakatane have peak-hour traffic?
One of the upsides of road tripping around a smaller city is less traffic, so don’t stress too much about rush-hour gridlock. With a population of about 18,600, you can expect a smooth Whakatane driving experience.
Are there speed limits in Whakatane?
In the city of Whakatane, speed limits range from 50km/h to 100km/h. Most built-up areas have a maximum speed limit of 40km/h unless otherwise indicated.
What happens if I get a speeding fine while driving a rental car in Whakatane District?
One of two things will happen. Your chosen car rental company may charge the amount stated on the fine to your credit card. This is the most common practice. Otherwise, it may provide your contact details to local authorities so the fine is sent straight to you.
Is it illegal to use a cell phone while driving in Whakatane?
As long as you have hands-free functions like Bluetooth enabled, you can lawfully use your phone while cruising around Whakatane. But ensure you keep your eyes on the road.
What are the rules around drink driving in Whakatane?
When driving in Whakatane, it’s illegal to have a BAC (blood alcohol content) of over 0.05%. Planning to have a drink or two over lunch or dinner? Consider taking a taxi or using a ride-sharing service.
Is turning on a red light allowed in Whakatane?
Turning on a red light is a big no-no in Whakatane. Always be watching for traffic lights and signs to ensure you don’t breach any traffic laws.
Are seat belts compulsory in Whakatane District?
Subject to some exceptions, seat belts are mandatory in Whakatane District.

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