Whale and Dolphin Watch
There are several operators that offer boat trips from Whakatane that take you out to watch or goswimming with dolphins. Take the unique opportunity to swim with some of the largest concentrated schools of dolphins in the world. Whales are often spotted off the coast too. You will love exploring these natural wonders in the subtropical Bay of Plenty waters. Bookings are essential!
Kiwi Jet Boat Tours
Bill Roberts, 4 times New Zealand Jet Boating Champion and former World Champion and his team will take you on an unforgettable jet boat tour departing from the North Islands largest man made earth Dam, where you then travel up the stunning Rangitaiki River. The ever-changing scenery of ignibrite cliffs and a scenic weeping gorge, combined with exciting white water rapids will linger in your mind forever. Allow 1 ¼ hours to Jetboat to the Aniwhenua Falls, a real jet boating experience you will never forget!
If you are a visitor looking to explore some hidden corners, KG Guided Tours are the answer! We'll entertain you with salty yarns and provide you with an intimate environmental and historical perspective of the Eastern Bay of Plenty. This great activity provides a range of options for independent paddlers, family groups, businesses or schools. We offer four distinct tours: OHIWA EXPLORER, WILD BLUE YONDER, WHALE ISLAND and MOONLIGHT KAYAKING.
Tui Glen Farm Horse Treks
Explore New Zealand’s native bush on the back of a horse, with Tui Glen Farm Horse Treks. They offer friendly and relaxed 1, 1.5 and 2 hour guided tours and there are horses available to suit all abilities. Choose from beach rides and gentle treks for the whole family or some more adventurous treks for confident riders. Ride into the hills and through crystal clear trout stream over 400 hectares of farmland. This is the perfect Ohope activity to explore the local landscape.
PeeJay White Island Tours
Professional marine operators will take you on a 6 hour journey to New Zealand’s only active marine volcano White Island. This steaming beauty lies 49km off the coast of Whakatane. Step aboard PeeJay, 1 of 2 boats purpose built for White Island Tours, and let the cheerful and professional crew take you on a journey you will never forget.
Frontier Helicopters White Island Volcano Adventure takes you to the edge of the crater of a continuously active, living and breathing geological giant. As you fly towards White Island, the volcano grows in stature until you are high above it circling in full awe of its spectacular presence. The view from the helicopter is absolutely unmatched, providing a superb platform for strategic aerial photographing of White Island's unique geological formations, colours and raw power.
Dive White Island
White Island is a live volcano that can be found 48 off shore from Whakatane. The volcano is clearly visible from Thornton Beach Holiday Park but if you would like to have a closer look, take this unique trip. Dive White Island runs regular scheduled dive trips to the island all year around. All trips have a PADI certified dive master or instructor accompanying divers. Lunch and refreshments are provided.