Following our stop by the lake we headed north east to the sunny eastern Bay of Plenty and the pleasant beachside town of Whakatane. Actually, Whakatane is a very pleasant town as it was the sunniest spot in New Zealand during 2012.
Where better to head on a spring Wednesday? And what better spot to stop than by the Whakatane River, with the iconic Whale Island in the background? Ah yes, very pleasant indeed.
Whakatane is the home of Whakatane Town AFC along with several junior clubs and schools.