The Harbour is also home to a multitude of marsh and shore birds, shellfish and fish species. Boating, sightseeing, swimming, water sports, shellfish gathering and fishing are all extremely popular activities within the harbour.
Relatively shallow and dotted with islands, the harbour has long been a major food resource for local iwi. For even longer, migratory birds have fattened themselves up here for their annual flight back to the northern hemisphere.
Many of our returning campers now bring their own Kayaks. With over 2,000 Hectares of the harbors inlets, islands, mangroves and sandbars to explore it makes for an exciting and enjoyable activity. Alternatively you can Hire Kayaks from us find out more on our Kayaking and Fun Bikes Page.
A two-lane, concrete boat ramp (easily accessible in all tides) allows you to take your boat out on the water for a day of fun and sunshine. Make use of water skiing lanes, or simply throw your line out and catch a few fish for dinner. Designated jet skiing areas are also available.
Surfcast directly off the beach or into the harbour entrance. Snapper are caught here all year round and fishing charters can be arranged from Opotiki or Whakatane. To find out more about fishing from the park check out our Fishing Options Page.
If your just looking to know more about the marine environment marine life tours an award winning experience www.marinelifetours.com
Visit the Ohiwa Horse Treks Page to find out about their horse riding treks they offer around the edge and hill country of the Ohiwa Harbour.
Ohiwa Glow Worms
Directly adjoining the Ohiwa Beach Holiday Park is a beautyful bush walk that at night leads to a large glow worm grotto just a short walk from your accommodation. Find out more about how to get there from the park on our Glow Worms Page.