Driving to Whakatane Heads can be a bit of a challenge. If you drive down the main shopping centre of Whakatane to the roundabout then turn to the right and follow the road around to the left and don’t stop till you are at the Heads car park. All you do now is walk to the water’s edge and on to the concrete walkway, turn to the left and start walking for the next hour and a half. Five minutes into the walk is the first toilets and the kids playground, this is a great place to stop and let the kids out for a burn out if you are just pulling in to Whakatane for a rest stop. When you arrive at the wharf and you are really hungry and cannot wait till you arrive in town stop here for fish and chips or at one of two Restaurants. You will arrive at the information centre at the bottom of Whakatane shopping centre in five minutes, this is where the best cafes are or the pub? Back on the walk and another five minutes will bring you to New World supermarket. This is a good place to pick up lunch, to go. And sit on a bench seat and enjoy the river views.