Great Places To Take the Kids

It’s another glorious spring day at Ohope Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park. Not quite swimming weather, but perfect exploring weather.

First stop is The Quay Café for a coffee and hot chocolate for the kids. The hot chocolate is a favourite with the kids as it comes with a chocolate wafer bar. The park across the road, Mahy Reserve is perfect for the kids to burn off some energy.

We jump back in the car and park in the parking bays at West End. It is wise to take a backpack with some snacks and water. A quick walk to the end of West End of Ohope Beach, then it is about 20 minute walk up and over the hill to Otarawairere Bay (also known as Shelly Beach). The sand is made up of tiny pieces of shells, giving the beach its name. Make sure you stop at the lookout platform for a picture of the incredible views of Ohope Beach. The walk over to Otarawairere is suitable for any fitness level, but there are plenty of steps so it is not suitable for a pushchair.

The rock pools at Shelley Beach are fabulous for exploring. The kids can spend hours finding crabs and starfish. Rock shoes are a bonus if you have them. There are plenty of Pohutakawa trees to shelter under once you get to Otarawairere Bay or you may just want to soak up the spring rays and enjoy the tranquillity.

After a fun filled morning in nature, we head over to Awakeri Hot Springs. The geothermal mineral pools are heated to between 37 and 39 degrees Celsius and water comes direct from nature. The perfect spot to rejuvenate after a morning of activity and defrost the winter bones!!! The hot pools are about 20 minutes from Ohope. 

Feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, we head to Fisherman’s Wharf Café for some delicious fish and chips. Fisherman’s Wharf is also perfect for a romantic dinner overlooking the harbour. 

Nothing guarantees a good night sleep for the entire family like full bellies, sea air and a soak at the hot pools!


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