The Ohope District is renowned for its superb walking and tramping tracks. These include coastal tracks with stunning ocean vistas and walkways through ancient native forests. Te Urewera National Park and Whirinaki Forest Park are a short drive from Ohope and include a wide range of bush walks and tramps suitable for all levels of fitness. To the south of Ohope is the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk which takes 3 - 4 days and is one of New Zealand's premier walking tracks through some of the best scenery in the country. Nearby is the Nga tapuwai o toi walkway which also takes in the beautiful Ohope Scenic reserve.
The Ohope Scenic Reserve includes one of the country's largest remaining coastal pohutukawa forests and has outstanding scenic and conservation values. During the summer flowering season, the reserve is ablaze with brilliant crimson flowers and the walk is a very special experience. Further inland the bush changes from typical coastal forest of pohutukawa, kohe kohe, karaka, titoki, ngaio and akeake to other native trees such as rewarewa, tawa and kanuka. This walkway includes walks through wetlands and is also well known for its native birds which include tui, bellbirds, fantails and kiwi.