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It is a popular holiday destination during the New Zealand summer, and features several kilometres of safe swimming beaches. The western end of the beach, named 'West End' is a popular surfing area during the summer and Christmas period. The Whakatane Surf Lifesaving Club offers a patrolled beach over the peak season. A range of holiday accommodation is available including resort-style motels, bed and breakfasts and a large camping ground at the east end. There are also numerous walking tracks around the area, especially at the north end of the beach.
Ōhope is also home to the Ohope Beach Primary School, which has 12 classrooms and is opposite the Ohope Tennis courts. There is a large soccer pitch which is regularly used by the school and clubs on Saturday mornings. Located to the north of the soccer pitch is a community hall that hosts many events such as a craft market and it is available for sports and private functions. The Ōhope Craft Market is held every second Saturday over summer and once a month over winter and offers local crafts including pottery and homecrafts, plants, fruit and vegetables, preserves and wine. Located at the eastern end of the Ōhope sandspit is the Ohope Golf Club. This is an 18-hole course with stunning views to the Pacific Ocean to the north, Ohiwa Harbour to the south the East Coast. This beach has two types of shores, rocky and sandy. In the rock pools are many forms of life.
Digging for tuatua on Ōhope Beach in summer
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