New Chums Beach

New Chums Beach, Whangapoua: Address, Phone Number, New Chums Beach Reviews: 4.5/5

New Chums Beach
4.5
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Kimberly Schick-Puddicombe
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada14 contributions
Journey well worth the time and off the beaten track to New Chums Beach
Feb 2021
The walk up to the lookout is incredible, not for the faint at heart and maybe not after a good rain either. It's not accessible other than by foot. No Dogs allowed as there are nesting dotterels in the area. Native Pohutukawa trees cover the cliff faces with no houses or humans insight. Its stunning pink rocks and slightly pink sand are just what you need after about a 30 min walk over the saddle of the headlands.
Written 21 March 2021
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983jeu
Wellington, New Zealand17 contributions
Favourite nz beach
Jan 2021 • Family
My favourite nz beach, well worth the short walk. beautiful scenery, completely undeveloped which was so refreshing. No toilet there so be prepared.
Written 31 January 2021
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F D
Wellington20 contributions
Families - go prepared so you enjoy
Jan 2021 • Family
Beautiful spot. There is ample parking at Whangapoua, and a public toilet. You start by walking over Whangapoua beach, crossing a stream, then walking over rocks, a bush path with beautiful pohutakawa trees. After passing the lookout path turn off a sandy path through Nikau palms and you reach this gorgeous beach.
It’s worth wearing trainers or other secure shoes due to the stones, tree roots, and lookout climb - take them off to go through the stream near the start though.
It took us around 40 minutes with our 6 year old, and another 40 minutes back, so take a backpack with water and a snack. There are no toilets or running water at the beach, so plan ahead.
I wouldn’t recommend swimming on this beach with children, unless perhaps they’re very confident swimmers. It gets deep quickly, and waves are strong, so could knock children over. Save the swim for after, at Whangapoua beach with its shallow lagoon and gentle waves.
Even with travel restrictions keeping overseas tourists away, with good weather and the holiday period it was pretty busy, so I’d recommend going early (allowing for tides).
Written 5 January 2021
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Parkertron
York, UK64 contributions
Very good
Dec 2020
I’m conflicted in writing this review because I love how it feels like a hidden gem!

It’s a bit of a climb to get there (walk alongside the cliff, at the top of the rocks, for the easiest way around the bay), but you get to walk through stunning forest.

The beach has plenty of beautiful trees to lie and read beneath, and is good for swimming. Definitely worth a drive to get there.

Possibly the best beach in the world.
Written 17 December 2020
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julianna m
Christchurch, New Zealand41 contributions
Just wow!
Aug 2020 • Couples
We went early morning so sun just rising. Excellent views all round and clear blue water. Walk from car took about 30 mins. The climb to the lookout was tricky and would be dangerous in wet weather. However worth the climb and stunning. We had the beach to ourselves
Written 27 August 2020
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Strickes
Rotorua District, New Zealand1,587 contributions
Well worth the walk, the beach is stunning
Jul 2020 • Couples
We walked here for the first time today. Well worth the walk even on cold winter day.
The walk takes about 35mins and some of it is over a rocky headland until you get to a track. But it is reasonably ok to do.
Good views looking towards Whangapoua from one side. Looking over the sea.
Stunning place when arrive. Lovely bay with beautiful blue water. Unspoiled environment
Written 5 July 2020
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8,423 contributions
Idylic natural beach with adventure trail to reach
Mar 2020
This is one of those beaches which you need to know about rather than just happen to come upon.

There are some parking places at the end of Mangakahia Drive in Wangapoua and we were lucky enough to get one. At this stage you need to take what you need with you because the beach is some distance away and there are no facilities once you get there.

Head off to the right of the car park and follow the river outlet to the sea. At some point you need to cross the water and we just chose the narrowest section we could find. I must add that there was an aroma in the area which made me wonder if waste was being discharged upstream somewhere - I'm sure it wouldn't be allowed but this smelt like sewage. Perhaps it was the seaweed. Better not to think about it too much.

Once across we headed towards the treeline at the back of the beach and it's here that there is a rough track which hugs the shore. At times we were clambering over rocks but it was only briefly before we could pick up the trail again which eventually cuts through the woodland. We met an assortment of people carrying their worldly goods for a day on the beach - picnic baskets, drinks, towels, etc and everyone was commenting that it would be or had been worth the effort.

It took us about 25-30 minutes. Emerging from the woods was like walking onto some tropical island beach - idylic looking and fairly quiet considering it is a known beauty spot. Clearly the walk to get there puts many people off - it shouldn't if you enjoy a picturesque setting.

It's a long stretch of beach and we walked its entire length. At one point there was a sizeable wall of sand which had been created by the waves giving an indication of how rough the water may get here at times. Further along the beach this tailed off. At the far end there was seaweed on the sand and that combined with the distance probably accounts for why there were few visitors who made it along that far. Having said that, on a half mile stretch of beach there were possibly less than 20 people.

The return journey involves retracing your steps so it may be worth keeping an eye on the tidal times as crossing the Pungapunga River inlet/outlet may become more of an issue. We were only there to see the beach, walk it and return so it wasn't a problem in our case.

Had we more time in our schedule I would have happily spent a half day or more there relaxing.
Written 3 July 2020
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Tom C
42 contributions
Scramble up the headland!
Jan 2020
The beach is well worth the walk, although much easier at low tide - be prepared to get your toes wet! You have to cross a little river on the beach and then get around the headland - a clearly marked path takes you around the coast to the beach which is absolutely beautiful and in mid Jan the water was nice and warm. Make sure you climb up the headland and you cross over it as that is were all the views are from (inc. the banner image above).
Written 4 May 2020
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Peekaboo
475 contributions
Worth the Walk
Feb 2020 • Couples
Great little walk around to this beach. Could be quite challenging for some people but the beach itself is spectacular. We didn't swim on the day as there was so much sea weed however, we'd highly recommend this area for a visit.
Written 25 April 2020
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Dorota BJ
Munkebo, Denmark250 contributions
Hidden Gem
Feb 2020
Absolutely stunning beach. Only 30min walk from parking lot totally worth it. We have seen many beaches in NZ but this one in my opinion was the best :) Nice easy hike and long beach with only few people
Written 13 April 2020
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