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The Kohi Point walk is a medium 7k walk that will take you around 3 hours to complete. The track starts off on a road then onto a formed track, through bush then onto the beach. At the top of Kohi Point you’ll get awesome views of Whakatane town, you may even see White Island. On a sunny day in Whakatane, you won’t find a better walk so close to town.

Quick Facts

        • Location: North Island NZ
        • Distance: 7 kms
        • Time needed: 3 Hours with one short stop for lunch
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 150m
        • Wet Feet: Yes
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    This walk starts from the main shopping centre of Whakatane. The last hour of the walk to Ohope Beach has to be at low tide. The track drops down a steep ridge and onto the rocks which are usually under water. Plus the small bay has no beach. The high tide goes right up to the cliff face. On a sunny day, you won’t find a better walk so close to a coastal town, with fantastic views of the coast. If you just take a short walk out to the point you will not be disappointed. You will see the remains of old pa sites, the square holes in the ground mark the spots where there were defences, dwellings and food pits. There are small pockets of Pohutakawa, Rewarewa, Mahoe, Five Finger, And Manuka trees along this walk. Stop and listen out for our native birds, Tui, Bellbirds, Fantails, Warblers and Pigeon. The Tui will fly by to check you out.

  • Track Quality

    The track starts off with a short road walk then onto a formed track, then on to a bush track followed by a beautiful sandy beach.

  • Hazards

    Access onto Otarawairere Bay beach is at low tide only. At full tide, the waves will wash you onto the rocks.

  • Transport

    You can catch a bus back into Whakatane

  • Water

    No water along the walk

  • Driving Instructions


  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    The main shopping center in Whakatane or at the end of the walk at Ohope Beach

  • Area & Track History


  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of Kohi Point Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.

Point 1: Kohi Point Start

Kohi Point 1 Hour = 2.8Ks. Start the walk from down town Whakatane, right behind the big rock in the centre of town. The escarpment steps start on the left hand side of Rock Pit Gym, if it’s still going. At the top of the steps, you will be on Hillcrest Rd. Cross over to the left. It’s a short 2 min walk to Seaview Rd. There is a car park on the left hand corner with a good view of the Whakatane river and town. Walk along Seaview Rd for 3 more minutes. Look for the sign on the right hand side of the road pointing to Nga Tapuwaea Toi Walkway which is on your left.

Point 2: To Kohi Point

From here it is easy, just follow the track. The first point of interest is only 5 minutes away, Wairere falls. You will get a better view of the falls from back in town. The falls were used in the early days to power flax and flour mills. The first 40 minutes is a gradual up hill walk and not a lot to see. At around 40 minutes, you should see the track to the lookout to Toi’s Pa. Worth the 10 Mt walk to see impressive views of Whakatane and out to Mt Edgecumbe at 821 Mt or up the coast to Tauranga. From here on the track levels out a little to Kohi Point with fantastic views of Whale Island. Whale Island is 10 Ks. White Island is 49 Ks, Cape runaway is 96 Ks. You can also Look down to the traitorous Whakatane Harbour bar. On a day when the sea is running at 2 Mt swell, you can sit at the entrance to the harbour and watch with excitement as the fishing boats try to navigate the waves.

Point 3: Otarawairere Bay

This section is a sunny downhill walk all the way to the beach, this is the ideal location to stop, sit down and have lunch and enjoy the view of the Bay of Plenty. Look at the rocks down below, what a great place to fish off, fresh Snapper or Kawai for dinner tonight. It is a little steep in parts and countless steps to the bottom, to test out your legs. The clay surface can be slippery on a wet day, so take care. There is also a small stretch of bush to walk through. There is a steep descent down old wooden steps and steps cut out of the clay, so take it easy down to the beach. At high tide, you will not make it on to the beach below. Don’t even try; the waves will wash you on the sharp deadly rocks. You will have to turn back. At low tide you can enjoy a walk along the peaceful beach, peeking into rock pools for that trapped fish.

Point 4: Ohope Beach

It will only take you 15 mins to the southern end of Otarawairere beach. Otarawairere Beach will be a busy little beach, just follow the people back over the hill to to Ohope. There is one small sign to mark the track over to Ohope Beach. You should see the wooden stair case going up and across an old slip. Don’t bother trying to walk around the rocks to Ohope Beach it is too dangerous even at low tide. When you drop down onto Ohope Beach, you can either walk up the beach till you see the surf club building, then walk through the car park to the shops. Or when you walk out onto the beach, cut up to the right and onto the road, and then walk up to the shops.

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