This secluded beach is accessible only on foot or by kayak, but the trip is definitely worth the effort. Pohutukawa trees loom over a beach of stone and crushed seashells, and the warm waters of the Pacific lap quietly against the shore, creating an unrivalled, peaceful atmosphere.
The beach is a 15-minute walk from West End in Ōhope or a 10-minute kayak ride. It's also accessible from Whakatāne via the Ngā Tapuwae o Toi walking track, but be certain to check the tide tables before making the trip, because the west end of Otarawairere is inaccessible during high tide.
A weekend of paddling races including Darcy Price Ocean Surf Ski Race (2020 NZ Nationals and ICF Ocean Surf Ski World's selection race), Ocean Waka race and K1, ski, waka and multisport marathon races.