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Stay with Us: Whakatāne given six hours to show itself off as vacation hotspot

When was the last time you planned your Kiwi summer holiday by throwing a dart at a map of New Zealand?

Everyone knows the appeal of places like the Coromandel, the Marlborough Sounds and the former hell-hole of the Pacific Kororareka (Russell).

But what about the less touristy towns?

Well, we've been getting some locals to show us around.

In the first of a new series Lucas De Jong spends six hours in Whakatāne.

Lucas de Jong puts the North Island town to the test. Source: Seven Sharp