Multitude of restaurants and ages. We tried several, maybe 4 or 5. The food was amazing, the service the worst we have experienced anywhere in the world! Our first night we visited a local bar restaurant, my husbands meal arrived, he ate it and the waiter came to take his plate away, asked how his meal was and I was still waiting for my meal! The next day at lunch we went to Cobb and co, after waiting 55 minutes for a meal, again only 1 meal arrived with a 10 minute wait for the other.
Same thing again the next day! No communication between kitchen and wait staff and very very inexperienced wait staff throughout.
Whakatane people were very friendly, even the supermarket. White Island is a must, what an amazing experience.
Great little french cafe just down the road from the hotel, very quaint. Enjoyed a movie while we were there. Close to other little towns.