A few kilometres from Ohope (I stayed at Ohope a couple of weeks ago) is the town of Whakatane. For a Koha (donation), I hired a bicycle from the I-Site Visitor Information Office and rode along the shared walkway that meandered beside the water . One half of the walkway was in a more rural area. I saw folk walking dogs, there was a bunny rabbit, a Japanese garden, and beautiful horses. In the other direction, there were fishing boats, sculptures, and a cave.
Below: a sculpture beside the estuary. It's a kiwi bird in a sailor outfit. Kids love it.
below: a strawberry sundae at Julian's Berry Farm, Whakatane. Yum-m-m-m...
http://www.whakatane.com/visitor-information Here's info on Whakatane.
MERRY CHRISTMAS - we get Christmas a whole day ahead of everywhere else in the world - na-na-na-na-na! As those in the Northern Hemisphere are waking up on Christmas morning, here in New Zealand we'll be fat, happy, and already had our complete fill of the day.