Ohope marks the last of our time in New Zealand. We had heard this small beach town was a great place to enjoy some sunshine. It didn’t disappoint. After dropping off our campervan in Auckland, we picked up our new rental car and made our way down to Ohope. Located in the Bay of Plenty, Ohope is known for its beautiful beaches. We found a great place to rent on Book a Bach near the beach. Wayne, the owner, met us when we arrived and showed us the entry to the beach across the street. He also said we could take out his kayaks to the bay if we wanted. He had built trolley holders that allowed us to pull them the 10 min walk to the bay. The first trip, we almost got hit by a car crossing the road while navigating the kayaks on trolleys. By the second time – we were pros, feeling like locals as we ducked under the fence next door, pulling the kayaks across the street and through neighborhoods.
Besides kayaking, we enjoyed the beach. There were a few rainy days, but mainly there was sunshine and empty beaches. We soaked up the sunshine as much as we could and even body surfed on the waves.
The last night we were in Ohope, we walked down to the beach to enjoy the moonlight. We looked at the moon and stars while walking along the beach – soaking in the warm night air and smell of the ocean. It also gave us time to reflect back on our time in New Zealand.
Things to remember about New Zealand:
Friendly people with phrases like “cheers,” “good on ya” and “no worries.”
- Ferry Rides
- Southern Walkway – our feet hurt
- Black water rafting
- Lake Taupo
- The Catlins
- Watching the last Hobbit movie in the Embassy movie complete with “thank you” video from Peter Jackson to New Zealand.
- And so much more…
The list goes on and on. For the past 3 months New Zealand has been good to us. We are sad to leave this magical place that has been home for the past few months. It’s been an incredible journey. Thank you, New Zealand. Good on ya. Cheers.