You’ll know as soon as you get to Ōhope Beach why it’s been voted New Zealand’s most-loved beach by AA Traveller (and not just once, might we add!). This laidback little beach town oozes Kiwiana; the white sandy beach lined with majestic pōhutukawa trees, quaint shops and an unmistakable holiday vibe - it’s relaxing just writing about it!

Ōhope Beach is located just 10-minutes over the hill from Whakatāne, so while it feels like an isolated beach holiday destination, you’re still super close to all the amenities of a bigger town. It’s a long, 14-kilometre stretch of beach on one side, and a calm harbour on the other. The beach has some great surf but is also super safe for families with young children and is patrolled by the surf lifesaving club during the busy months.

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what to do in Ōhope Beach

If you need a change from lying on the beach all day, check out some of the fun activities on offer while you’re staying in Ōhope Beach.


where to stay in Ōhope beach

Ōhope Beach has some incredible beachfront accommodation options - including a huge holiday park, motel and apartment accommodation, and plenty of privately owned holiday homes. 

Places to Eat & Drink in Ōhope beach

There are a few great cafés and restaurants in Ōhope Beach, and with Whakatāne only 10-minutes away, you have plenty of dining options!


Meet the locals and discover the stories of Ōhope.

itineraries & travel plans for Ōhope beach

We’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to. Check out some of our suggested itineraries and travel plans for Ōhope Beach.

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