ML and JD go Kiwi 2008 travel blog

Summer in Whakatane

Whakatane Harbour

Whakatane, Whale Island in Background, an Extinct Volcano

We passed through Tirau about lunchtime and decided to stop there for a bite. This town has made artwork out of corrugated construction metal, making their information building look like a dog and the shopping complex next door like a sheep. When you looked at other buildings there was often a bit of painted corrugated metal in some way part of their identity. This town has the highway running right down their busy street and along with cars and camper vans, are the logging trucks and other large trailer trucks. The drive took us through Rotorua, in the heart of geothermal country, and on towards the coast and to Whakatane mid afternoon. Whakatane, population about 18,000, is the hub of the agricultural area nearby but is also a tourist town with great hiking, beaches, fishing and New Zealand’s most active volcano, Whakaari (White Island), nearby.

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