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New Chums Beach

148 Reviews
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Mangakahia Dr, Whangapoua 3582 New Zealand
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julianna m wrote a review Aug 2020
19 contributions3 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Strickes wrote a review Jul 2020
Rotorua, New Zealand1,455 contributions296 helpful votes
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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
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Rantin rover wrote a review Jul 2020
Biggar, United Kingdom7,991 contributions1,180 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Tom C wrote a review May 2020
38 contributions5 helpful votes
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).
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Peekaboo wrote a review Apr 2020
481 contributions83 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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