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Affordable Activity Details


Tarawera Falls

Costs: $5 per vehicle
Open: During the hours of daylight
Travel time: 60mins 

Recognised as one of New Zealands best short walks, the falls surge out of fissures in a large rock cliff-face surrounded by native bush.

Access to Tarawera Outlet is from Kawerau township via private forestry roads which require a permit. A map, directions and permit are avaliable at the Kawerau Information Centre.

Kawerau Information Centre
Plunket St, Kawerau
Phone 07 323 6300 


 Julians Berry Farm

Costs: Free Admission
Open: Between October and February
Travel time: 10mins 

Julians Berry Farm and Cafe is a unique New Zealand experience.  We have freshly picked, frozen and pick your own berries. Animal Farm and Cafe. We have a beautiful outdoor sheltered cafe overlooking our farm and serve delicious home cooked meals and berry baking.
Phone 07 308 4253

Lake Rotoma

Costs: Free
Open: Summer months for swimming 
Travel Time: 35mins

Lake Rotoma is the fourth largest lake of the 11 lakes in the Rotorua Lakes district. A crystal clear lake with visibility up to around 13 metres deep. Surrounded by native forest Lake Rotoma provides beautiful swimming in summer. There is ramp access if you bring the boat, a playground and bbq facilities.



Whakatane Aquatic Centre

Costs: Around $20 for a family of 4
Open: All year round 
Travel time: 15 mins

Throw yourself down a hydroslide, soak in the heated indoor pools or play under the water features at the Whakatane Aquatic & Leisure Centre.

Phone 07 308 4192

Onepu Mountain Bike Park

Costs: Free
Open: All year round
Travel Time:  20mins

The Onepu Mountain Bike Park is a great place for all types of riders. The terrain is flat to rolling which means there is only gentle climbing even the smallest member of your group will make it around the trails.


Whakatane Skate Park &
Ocean Playground

Costs: Free
Open: All year round
Travel time: 15mins 

One of the better Skate Parks in New Zealand, quite a large park with a real good flow to it. The Ocean Playground is a modern, integrated adventure facility, providing exciting challenges for all children and located near the Skate Park.

Amzing Maze n Maize

Costs: Around $20 for a family of 4
Open: Late December to Early May
Travel time: 10mins 

The  Amazing Maze 'n Maize can be found near Edgecumbe - giant maize mazes, plus lots of simple family fun games and activities. The Amazing Mazes are huge mazes cut out of the corn fields.
Phone 07 304 6293

Whakatane Observatory

Costs: $35  Family Pass 
Open: Tuesdays and Fridays 7:30pm (weather ppermitting)
Travel time: 15mins 

View the Southern Skies on public viewing nights (Tuesdays and Fridays) and discover the heavens of stars and planets light years away.  Wrap up warm and bring your insect repellent!  The Whakatane Observatory has three telescopes in two observatories.
Phone  07 308 6495 or Mobile 027 2218993

Awakeri Hot Springs

Costs: Around $20 for a family of 4
Open: All year round
Travel Time: 10mins 

Is it raining? Go to the Awakeri Hot Pools to warm up. Relax and unwind at Awakeri Hot Springs – thermal mineral pools heated to between 37 and 39 degrees Celsius. The beautifully soft water comes direct from nature!
Phone 07 304 9290 


Kohi Point Walk

Costs: Free
Open: All year round
Travel time: 15mins

Walk from Whakatane to Ohope Beach. This three hour Kohi Point Walk takes in several great mini adventures into one moderate walk.

Lathams Hill Track

Costs: Free
Open: All year round
Travel time: 10mins 

The walk starts with a relatively gentle climb over rolling farmland which leads up to native bush and a trig station where you can enjoy superb views over the Rangitaiki Plains.  The track ends here, however an unauthorised route descends to the Awakeri Hot Springs complex.

Salt Spray Surf School

Costs: Board Hire $20.00 per person for 1 hour
Open: Summer Months
Travel time: 25mins 

Hire a surf board and learn to ride the waves at Ohope Beach. If your a newbie a lesson would really help, they are available but more expensive at $80.00 per person for 2. Learning to surf the waves is truly an exhilarating experience and there is no better place to learn then the white sands of Ohope Beach.
Phone 07 312 4909 or Mobile 021 149 1972

River Mouth Fishing for Kahawai

Costs: Free
Open: All year round
Travel time: 10min walk 

Thornton Beach is the 'Kahawai Capital of the World' at certain times of the year Kahawai will run the river in hundreds chasing bait fish. Call us to find out when they are running and experience something very special.


Ohope Mini Putt

Open: 7 Days
Travel time: 25mins 

Great fun for everyone. Putt around and enjoy the sun, sand and surf on the beautiful Ohope Beach.
Phone 021 189 2577