THE BAY'S BEST KEPT SECRET BEACH
Ōtarawairere Beach, located in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand, is a first place winning hidden gem that is sure to take your breath away. The beach is nestled between towering cliffs, and is only accessible by a short hike through the lush native bush. The journey is well worth it, as the beach is a secluded paradise with crystal clear water and white sandy beaches.
Limited Access: Access via the track between number 115 & 117 Ōtarawairere Road (Just a short 9 minute drive from Whakatāne town) or the track at the West End of the Bay. This route is dependant on the low tide so be sure to check times here.
For more information about track access see here.
As you make your way down the winding trail, you'll be greeted by the sound of birdsong and the rustling of leaves. The path is well-maintained, but can be steep in places, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes or footwear. As you approach the beach, the sound of the waves lapping against the shoreline will be your soundtrack.
Once you reach the beach, you'll be greeted with a panoramic view of the bay. The golden sand is back dropped by vibrant turquoise blue water. It's remote location will ensure you'll likely find the beach secluded, making it a perfect place to relax and unwind.
Take a dip in the water, or sunbathe on the beach. The water is crystal clear and perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and even diving. If you're feeling adventurous, take a hike along the cliffs to discover hidden caves and rock pools.
Ōtarawairere Beach is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. It's the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with nature. So pack your bags and head to the Bay of Plenty to experience this hidden gem for yourself.