Arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in New Zealand, Ohope Beach offers endless enjoyment for beach-goers of all ages and interests. Known for the abundance in sunshine, warm water and safe swimming, this white sanded beach can be found in the township of Whakatane.
There is 11km of white sand beach that is easily walkable, along with a well-groomed track call Nga Tapuwae o Toi (Footprints of Toi). This track takes walkers through historical sites, native forest full of vibrant red pohutukawa trees, coastal lookouts and the Ohiwa Harbour. The highlight of this track is Kohi Point, in which on a clear day you can see the volcanic clouds from White Island. The walk can be done one way in around 2-3 hours.
The esplanade along Ohope Beach is bike friendly and completely flat—making for a pleasant peddle along the waterfront.
There are also surfing and SUP rental shops and lessons. The seafloor at Ohope Beach gently drops off, so the waves are perfect for beginners. In addition, the sheltered location makes wind rare and often provides calm environments in the morning or evening for SUPs.
Ohope Beach is also the perfect launch point for a day of sailing out at sea. Port Ohope also runs yacht lessons for those who want to learn or enhance their boating skills.
Along the beach is a quaint beachside café called Quay Café. They serve delicious Kiwi styled café food that meet all dietary requirements.
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