Ohope was recently voted New Zealand’s most loved beach in a nationwide AA travel poll. This area is breathtakingly beautiful and you’ll have a smile on your face from the moment you drive over the hill from Whakatane and see the vast open ocean sparkling before you. Ohope’s pristine sandy beach stretches for 11km from the Ohiwa Harbour entrance in the east before gently curving around to West End beach at the foot of the Kohi Point headland.
At Ohope beach you can walk for miles with just the sound of the ocean surf and seagulls for company. Your footprints disappear with the ebb and flow of each tide, and the wind constantly smooths over the sand so it looks as though there’s not another soul around.