Make sure that when you book accommodation with this establishment, you double check later that the reservation is still confirmed and for the correct date. We booked a room (via email) one month before the date of arrival, and received an email confirmation of the reservation. When we arrived on the evening of our reservation, the staff told us that they had booked us in for the wrong day and that there was no vacancy for that night. The only other accommodation available in Whakatane that night was a dusty old roach motel. We were booked in for the tour the following morning so we really didnt have a choice as it was too late to look elsewhere for accommodation.
If the hotel/motel had a proper booking system on their website, the whole thing could have been avoided.
The White Island Tour ended up being cancelled the next day, so the whole thing ended up being a big waste of time. It seems that the tour gets cancelled a lot, as we have tried to do the tour on 2 other separate occasions with no luck.
It would probably be a better idea to stay in Rotorua the night before and make the 1.25 hour drive the morning the tour is confirmed, as there isnt much else to do in Whakatane.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At White Island Rendezvous we offer a range of quality accommodation choices to suit every traveller. Located opposite the picturesque Whakatane wharf, we are just a short walk from the town centre and many great restaurants. Join a tour to visit the active volcano, White Island, take a stroll along the river or enjoy one of the local bushwalks to view the spectacular scenery across the bay. Our quiet location means not only a great night's sleep but you may even be lucky enough to hear the distinctive call of the kiwi which live in the nearby bush. We are the only accommodation provider in Whakatane to offer an onsite cafe (famous amongst locals for fantastic breakfasts and delicious espresso!) All units have free wireless broadband access and Sky TV. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- White Island Rendezvous Whakatane