An EASY 30 min walk from Whangapoua beach, either around rocks, or there is a track in the bush for the most part. It is easier of you wear walking, sand or trail shoes. But many do it in jandals (flip flops) too. Just mind the unstable rocks!
The view as you drop down into New Chums bay - peering through the Nikau Palms, and past the Pohutukawa trees is just spectacular. If you go very early in the day, or outside of the peak summer season (Dec/Jan/Feb) you might be lucky enough to have the beach to yourself. It's a very surreal, and idyllic experience. Even still with the hundreds of visitors daily over the summer months the beach never feels busy as there is plenty of space to spread out. The shore line is also dotted with trees which provide lovely shade. Well worth the walk, which is also part of the fun.