About Te Kaha 

Te Kaha is New Zealand at its finest. Secluded and pristine bays await you here, a coastline of tranquil coves fringed with ancient Pohutukawa trees, soft sand, safe swimming and abundant marine life.

Te Kaha is 1.5 hours drive-time from the gateway of Whakatane. The journey from Whakatane will take you through some of New Zealand’s most unique landscapes, including the mighty Motu River and many tiny coastal settlements which seem like a frozen snap shot in time.

Up until the early 1920’s, whaling was an integral part of life in Te Kaha. The local Maori Iwi (tribe) had their own Whaling business and used to row out from shore in pursuit of migrating whales.

Te Kaha is one of the premium spots in New Zealand to view whales and is NZs premier offshore fishing destination. Why don’t you wade into our own bay and pick up some Kina and Crayfish for your evening meal?

Te Kaha Beach Resort is actually built on the site of the historic Te Kaha Hotel – a public bar and accommodation which provided good food, good lodgings and a great welcoming atmosphere for decades of travellers.Exploring the Bay of Plenty

One of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets Te Kaha offers world-class fishing, diving and boating.

The coastal road to Te Kaha is a real ‘tour of discovery’. Take your time to get here, and along the way you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of dramatic cliffs, a wild coastline interspersed with beautiful blue-water bays and sheltered coves. Ancient Pohutukawa trees (called NZs Christmas tree as in summer they blossom a vibrant red) dot the landscape and trout filled freshwater streams flow from the mountains inland.

Pack a picnic, grab your togs, along with a good map and a sense of adventure and set off to explore this paradise. You can discover the entire top section of the western (Bay of Plenty) side of the East Cape, at a leisurely pace, within a day.

Don’t forget the kids. They will love exploring the rock pools at low tide, building sandcastles and splashing about in the calm shallows.

Things To Do

Spend days on the beach relaxing in the sun, swimming in the safe blue waters, and fishing from nearby rocky outcrops. There is a boat launch pad right next to the resort so you can be anchored up and reeling in the first big catch of the day right away. There is also great onshore fishing to be had without even needing to get in a boat. Alternatively take a kayak out for a few hours and explore this stunning coastline’s many ‘hidden’ treasures.

World Class Fishing and Diving

Te Kaha is an absolute paradise for fishing. Hunt big game species like marlin and tuna, or reel in delicious ‘plate’ fish such as snapper and terakihi.

Whether fishing from a rocky beach or off the side of a boat, the chances of catching your dinner are almost guaranteed. There are a number of professional Boat Charters operating around the area, and we can help organise a great day out on the water.

Diving Te Kaha

The East Cape offers world-class diving opportunities (along with abundant crayfish and other mouth-watering seafood), including the chance to dive around an active volcano!

Diving White Island is an experience not to be missed.

White Island – the Active Volcano in the Sea

White Island is an active volcano in the middle of the ocean. A living, breathing giant estimated to be between 100,000 and 200,000 years old. Only a small portion of the volcano (effectively its summit) is visible above sea level. White Island sits on an ‘alert level’ of 1 – guests who tread on her moon-like surface must wear gas masks and hard hats.

Travel to the volcano by boat from Whakatane or you can soar over the seas in a helicopter from Te Kaha Beach Resort. Make land on White Island, then hike across to the main active crater.

White Island has an other-worldly landscape of boiling water pools, craggy rock faces, hissing and steaming vents, luminescent yellow sulphur deposits and more. See the ruins of an old Sulphur mining village and factory.

Your guide knows the in-depth history of this marine volcano and will provide a fascinating commentary as your journey unfolds. On the return trip watch for pods of playful Dolphins! This is an experience not to be missed.

Whale Watching

These waters off the East Cape are home to abundant marine life – especially pods of playful Dolphins and Whales! For the experience of a lifetime, join a boat tour to swim with wild dolphins.

Migrating whales are often able to be seen also – especially curious Orca whales!

You may also see New Zealand Fur Seals, the world’s smallest penguins, the Little Blue penguin, and magnificent ocean birds like Australasian Gannets.

Just for Golfers

Less than an hour away, in Opotiki, is a great little Golf Course at the Opotiki Golf Club. You can expect a friendly welcome here, along with plenty of challenges and fun on the Par 70 course of 5222 metres.

Green Fees players are always welcome.

The Golf Club Restaurant is open every Friday and Saturday evenings for casual dining and the club house is open every day for a cold drink after your round.

Here is a short list of activities:

  • Be the first person in the world to see the light of a new day at the summit of Mount Hikurangi or on a lonely beach
  • See New Zealand’s largest (22 independent trunks) and oldest (over 600 years old) Pohutukawa tree called Te Waha o Rerekohu
  • Climb the 500 steps to the most eastern lighthouse in New Zealand and take in breath-taking views
  • Catch a big fish from a boat or off the beach and bring it back to the Resort to BBQ for dinner!
  • Kayak along the coastline and discover one of many utterly secluded bays and coves where you could quite likely have the entire beach to yourself
  • Savour the flavour of fresh Crayfish – abundant in the waters around Te Kaha and simply mouth-watering
  • Or just relax and recharge – dig your toes into the sand and say “Ahhhhhh” at Te kaha

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