The Ohiwa Harbour has long been special to many people for many reasons. Locals and visitors alike admire its landscape, natural beauty, water quality and clean air which provides enjoyment for many fun activities. With our Park situated only metres from the harbour's edge, it's easy to make the most of the Ohiwa Harbour.
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, exploring this area makes for an exciting and enjoyable activity. Alternatively you can hire kayaks from us.
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. 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 Page.
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 beautiful bush night walk that 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.
New to Ohiwa is the Ohiwa Walkway which start at the beach, continues around the harbour and finishes at the boat ramp where there are new public toilet facilities. The walkway is approximately 4kms and it provides a safe and quiet trail that is perfect for jogging or walking. The walkway takes in all the beauty of the park and is available within metres of the park.
There are plenty of other walking tracks in the area and if you would prefer a tramp through a bush environment check out our Great Walks Page.
Gather some Shellfish
There are plenty of shellfish available within the harbour if you spend some time hunting. Pipis are abundant in the exposed sand bars at low tide, cockles too. Mussels and oysters are also found against the mangroves or any other structure that is still covered at low tide. Seek and ye shall find!
If you are organised and in the know a flounder net is definitely worth a soak too!