At under 5km long and 100 per cent flat, the Whakatāne riverside cycle and walking trail doesn’t require big legs. But this pretty, fully-paved ride is a gem, taking you along the bank of the Whakatāne River to the ocean.
Park in town or near the coast. In half an hour or so of easy cycling, you’ll enjoy vistas ranging from estuary salt marsh, to a busy marina and a wharf area that is the berthing point for boats heading to Whakaari/White Island and to Moutohorā/Whale Island.
There are a couple of good play areas along the way and, near the coast, easy access to the water for swimming. You pass close to cafés and right past Whakatāne visitor information centre, where there are hire bikes. Whakatāne Holiday Park is also beside the trail.
Ōhope harbour and ocean roads
Ōhope is best known for its glorious 11km sweep of sandy beach but it is also a popular spot for on-road, flat biking (lots of e-bikes being used here). Park at Maraetotara Reserve, a kilometre east of the Ōhope shopping village, or at the Ōhope wharf. Pedal one way along Ohiwa’s Harbour Road, and the other along Ocean Road. Add on West End and Ōhope boat ramp and you’ll have ridden up to 20km.
You’ll find several shops along the way for ice-creams. Both Maraetotara Reserve and Harbour Road have good playgrounds. There’s patrolled swimming near Ōhope village and great sheltered swimming at the Ōhope wharf.
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