It’s a pleasant drive out to Hokio Beach. Just south of the Levin shops, take the turn into Hokio Beach Road and past the Levin Racecourse. Along the nine kilometres or so to the beach itself, you pass Lake Horowhenua to the right and open spaces typical of the Horowhenua farming district.
Holiday baches are still prominent in the beach precinct, suggesting the push from up-market land developers into the area has so far been minimal. The beach is vast and sandy, with vehicle access that assumes responsible drivers will keep off the sand-dunes and beach vegetation. There are toilets, a picnic area, picnic tables, a barbecue and a playgound at the entrance to the beach
Once on the beach, the expansive views north and south can be spectacular. Kapiti Island is still a feature to the south, and you can see Mount Ruapehu to the north, and Mt Taranaki looking out to sea, on clear days. Walking north up the beach you will reach Manawatu river and if you go southwards walking or driving you will be heading towards Waikawa Beach.