Helen visited Whakatane for the first time this weekend. We arrived on the Friday afternoon and took a wander along Ohope Beach. On Saturday we walked the “easy” River Walk and then on Sunday we walked the “easy” Kohi Point Track. We returned to Auckland via Rotorua the following day after a fantastic sunny weekend in the Bay of Plenty!
Afternoon sunshine and shadows on a small part of 11kms long Ohope Beach. (Click on the photos to enlarge)
The Whakatane River Walk – graded easy and it was a very level walkway. Lots to look at along the way from birds to fishing boats. We tracked 9.82kms from the heads at the end of Muriwai Drive to the bridge, and return via a small loop.
The Kohi Point Track is graded easy. And it would be for young fit people. For older not-so-fit people, it is moderate to difficult. There are many steep steps and inclines. Sturdy shoes are required. The views of White Island, Whale Island and Whakatane are spectacular and gave us a chance to catch our breath. We parked the car in Otarawairere Road and headed down the track to Otarawairere Bay. From the end of the bay, we started the climb upwards, finishing the track at Kapu Te Rangi Historic Reserve, then followed the gravel Kohi Point Lookout Road back to the car – a total distance of about 7.34kms.
Further exploring included Tauwhare Pa, Opotiki and Ohiwa.
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