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Ohope

This small township is a popular holiday destination for thousands of Kiwi families. Go camping or rent a holiday home here. Enjoy Ohope’s amazing beach, vibrant cafes, boutique shops and relaxed atmosphere.

Golden sand stretches in both directions from the Ohiwa Harbour entrance down to Ohope’s famous West End beach. This 11km coastline is one of the best-loved beaches in the country and is a safe swimming spot. The seafloor drops away gently so the surf doesn’t break too hard. It’s the perfect beach for your little ones to play in the rolling waves.

Learn to surf at West End beach or have a go at stand up paddle boarding. You will be sheltered from the northwest wind here and the water is warm in summer. Or hire a kayak and paddle out into the open ocean with just seagulls for company.

Private homes (many of which are available to rent) are nestled on the hillside overlooking the beach or sit right on the beachfront themselves. The Ohope Beach Resort provides 5 star accommodation while the Ohope Top 10 Holiday Park is one of the best camping grounds in the country. Pitch a tent or book one of their luxury waterfront cabins. Your kids will love staying here – just make sure you book early for the peak summer season.

Ohope is a great place to explore on foot and there are plenty of walking tracks to choose from.

Visit the Ohope Scenic Reserve and see the magnificent stands of Pohutukawa trees which line the surrounding hills. Pohutukawa are known as New Zealand’s Christmas tree because their bright crimson flowers bloom every festive season.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, walk ‘Toi’s Track’ across to Whakatane, or make the 20 minute trip from West End beach over the headland to Otarawairere Bay. This secluded spot looks like a picture from a postcard – take a picnic or enjoy a swim at low tide.

Fishing and golf are both popular here. Test out your handicap at The Ohope International Golf Club which is rated among the top golf courses in New Zealand. Or play a round of mini golf instead at Mahy Reserve and cook dinner afterwards on one of the electric barbecues available.

There are a several cafes and restaurants if you wish to eat out, serving everything from fresh seafood to the Kiwi classic ‘fish n chips’.

Walk barefoot along the sand as the sun goes down and breathe in the salty air. Finally, fall asleep to the sound of the rolling surf – knowing the only thing you have to do tomorrow is get up and enjoy Ohope all over again.