Head to New Zealand's most-loved beach this summer. © Western Bay Regional Council

Visit New Zealand’s most-loved beach, Ōhope Beach


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It's a pretty big achievement to be rated the best bit of 14,000km of coastline, but Ōhope managed to take the crown. 

Not far from Whakatāne, Ōhope Beach is an idyllic, iconic piece of postcard-perfect Kiwiana. Think blooming pōhutukawa, fish and chips, jandals and frisbees. It’s no wonder that Kiwis love it here.

From the entrance of Ōhiwa Harbour to West End, Ōhope Beach stretches for 11 glorious kilometres of golden sand, so you’ll never be jostling for a spot.

A mecca for summer activities, Ōhope boasts gently rolling waves ideal for safe swimming, learning to surf, or simply SUPping the day away. 

For those inclined to more active pursuits, there are coastal walks, fishing spots galore or the nearby Ōhope International Golf Club. 

Picnic, play or sip your latté at a nearby café, but don’t miss out on Ōhope this summer. 

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