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Really good

The beach itself was really nice (even though not so wonderful) as you're surrounded by nature and... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2018
Dario r
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Amazing secluded beach

New Chums is an amazing secluded beach, well worth the effort. Most people say avoid high tide but... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2018
Exeter, United Kingdom
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Mangakahia Dr, Whangapoua 3582, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 January 2019 via mobile

Difficult access to get there, clambering over boulders and unformed tracks for half an hour. Some nice big pohutukawa trees to park yourself to gain some relief from the sun. Water was good for bobbing around in, or very short body surfing runs. Been there...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 31 December 2018 via mobile

The beach itself was really nice (even though not so wonderful) as you're surrounded by nature and it's quite isolated. The only thing I have to recommend is that you should do the climb to the high cliff before getting to the beach, the view...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Dario r
Reviewed 15 November 2018

Friends had told us that New Chums Beach had been voted one of the best beaches in NZ so I kinda had high expectations when we visited. From where they had heard this rumour, I can only guess as a google search wasn't able to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank TeamIan
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

New Chums is an amazing secluded beach, well worth the effort. Most people say avoid high tide but I went just after high tide at around 11.30am and it meant the beach was practically deserted (even on a Saturday). You do have to cross a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Laelfe
Reviewed 6 July 2018

I am biased, I love Opoutere, but made the journey into New Chums, and have to say it is beautiful, you need to go at low tide and in good weather, as it is over rocks, it's worth it.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

This beach is a hidden Gem waiting for you to discover. Make sure the tide is out when doing this walk. Its about 30 minute walk there. We went with 4 Adults and 3 little children and we made it fine but had to lend...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank keentraveller2018
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Around at 30-40 minute walk per way make sure you go around low tied and return well before high tied. Easy enough just to walk to the beach but the walk to the lookout is a bit difficult, wouldn’t recommend it for young children as...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank 93zoec
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

I’d done this walk many years ago and have lovely memories of a blissful day spent floating there - however boulder hopping when you are young is easy but when you’re older you have to make sure the rock is stable before you hop to...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank PiscesTokyo
Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

Picture postcard curved white sandy beach which is moderately difficult to access. Sturdy shoes required to climb over large boulders from the estuary to the headland & you may need to paddle through water depending on tide status. Easiest at low tide. Lovely place for...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Sue L
Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

Myself and a friend tried to go to New Chums Beach today. Unfortunately we did not make it to the beach as we hadn’t realised that you need to walk it at low tide! Did not feel this was made clear on the internet or...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank EmilyHol56
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8 January 2018|
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Response from zoe3899 | Reviewed this property |
If they are used to this sort of activity and have proper foot wear on I’d say yes