Otarawairere Beach

Hidden jewel of Ōhope. The perfect spot for a picnic, a relaxing swim, or just a few hours to lie on the shelly beach and forget about the world for a while.

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.

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