Oh Ohiwa

We have just enjoyed a fabulous family camping holiday at Ohiwa Holiday Park. We spent 11 nights there in our humble little Kathmandu Dome tent and loved nearly every minute of it!  The few minutes, I didn’t enjoy so much were…getting caught in an absolute downpour at 4am half way between the ladies and the tent with no raincoat, having to hold the tent upright in gale force winds at 4.30am the same night…the days either side of said storm in the middle of the night were stunners and so was every day we stayed.

Ohiwa Holiday Park across the dunes

Ohiwa is on the coast of the Eastern Bay of Plenty, approx 40mins drive south of Whakatane and 15mins from Opotiki. Just across the mouth of the harbour from Ohope. Ohiwa offers both an ocean beachfront and the harbour/estuary for calmer waters. The beachfront has a flat beach with a very gentle slop into the water offering shallow waters for the children to play in. I have to say I absolutely fell in love with the  beautiful scenery in the region.

Looking from Ohiwa (Up the hill a bit) to Ohope

We found Ohiwa Holiday Park to be a fantastic option for our young family. We were surprised by the number of young families making Ohiwa their holiday destination of choice. Our children always had others to play with! Not to mention the fantastic Kids Club, run twice daily through the summer with activities pitched at primary school aged children…during our stay our children participated in Sidewalk Art, Biscuit Decorating, Mud races on the estuary, Sandcastle competitions and fun on the waterslide.

Other highlights of our time at Ohiwa include:

  1. – visiting the glowworms – just ten minutes walk from camp up the hill. I have never seen them in that number and it was free!
  2. – climbing up to the Pa site for the magnificent views of the coast line.
  3. – Fish and Chips at the Oyster Farm near Ohope.
  4. – for the little ornithologist (bird watcher) in the family spotting new species of birds!

Oyster Catchers on the beach at Ohiwa

We loved our holiday and have put Ohiwa Holiday Park on our list of places to return to! Todd, Nola and the team are so welcoming and friendly, and the facilities are very good. The tent sites are large and flat.

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