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Beautiful, secluded spot. Lots of wildlife. Stunning, clear blue water. Tide comes in very quickly... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Whakatane, New Zealand
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Worth the climb and effort...

This is my favorite place in Ohope, a secluded beach with turquoise water, and a lovely bush walk... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2018
Brigitte M
Ohope, New Zealand
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“rock pools”(2 reviews)
West End, Ohope, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 January 2015

Nice walk from Whakatane to Ohope Beach passing this lovely beach with fantastic body surfing. Check the tide.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful, secluded spot. Lots of wildlife. Stunning, clear blue water. Tide comes in very quickly and unexpectedly so be careful and very aware if fishing off the rocks.

Thank K1217
Reviewed 8 March 2018

This is a lovely little bay, especially if the weather is calm. Be aware it is affected by the tides - especially access from the Whakatane end. The walk from Kohi point took about 2 hours and requires an average (or above) + level of...More

Thank latabi
Reviewed 5 March 2018

This is my favorite place in Ohope, a secluded beach with turquoise water, and a lovely bush walk to get there. Rest under the pohutukawa overhanging from the cliffs, and dip in the water when getting too warm. This is NZ at its best!

Thank Brigitte M
Reviewed 2 January 2018

You can walk down to Otarawairere Bay from the Otarawairere settlement up the top. Abit steep but lovely walk through the bush. Takes about 10 mins down, 15 mins up.

Thank AMFMNewZealand
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Those who write it’s a 10 minute walk are super fit! But what’s really good is it’s proper steps and great viewing places for the necessary pauses to catch your breath. Once into the bay, the shells making the sand are stunning. So pleased I...More

Thank SarahNott
Reviewed 25 November 2017

A very nice walk from the beach up to the look out point and some nice almost desserted beaches with lots of swimming opportunity

Thank TrudyEvers
Reviewed 12 August 2017

A 10 minute walk from west end in Ohope, and the views are just amazing. Highly recommended to do this walk when visiting the area.

Thank Alison K
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Takes about 10 minutes each way, up and over a fairly steep hill to the bay. Good place to visit all year round, although it is a little slippery after rain. Excellent views, scenery and rock pools!

Thank DHC2-Man
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Great spot for swim while walking the track from Ohope to Whakatane. Lots of steps, but stunning bush (especially in summer when the Pohutukawas are out) and refreshing for a swim when you make it.

Thank diver201
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Also known as Shelly Beach - because the 'sand' is tiny bits of shell. Lovely little spot. Check the tidal table - not much there at high tide

Thank krison2ur
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