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Absolutely worth it

It is well documented that you have to rock hop and there are no toilets. This all builds into the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Hastings, New Zealand
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My new favourite beach

This beach is simply exceptional, and I understand why it’s so highly regarded. Access is not... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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“the north end”(5 reviews)
Mangakahia Dr, Whangapoua 3582, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It is well documented that you have to rock hop and there are no toilets. This all builds into the charm of New Chums. The walk is 20-30 mins, rock hop for 5 then an easy walk over to the beach. Typical kiwi track with...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ky83
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Didn't realise that if you are not a particularly fit person you need to get there at low tide. We got there near high tide and the clamber over the rocks proved too difficult.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This beach is simply exceptional, and I understand why it’s so highly regarded. Access is not easy, but the journey to get there is half the fun, and actually acts as a deterrent to the beach becoming completely overrun in peak season. Water is crystal...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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
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Reviewed November 14, 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 September 16, 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 July 5, 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
Thank SallieH56
Reviewed April 17, 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 April 4, 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
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January 8, 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