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“Under Threat of "Development"”
Review of New Chums Beach

New Chums Beach
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

This wonderful, pristine beach is difficult to get to, but well worth the effort. It is accessible by boat, but we walked in from the north end of Whangapoua. You need to time your visit for the outgoing tide. There's a car-park there, with toilets & a rubbish bin. Walking north along the beach, you cross a small stream and then go along the beach before beginning about 500m of stepping from rock to rock. There is a path right at the top of the beach and after getting past the rocks, the path leads over the neck of a small peninsula and through a stunning grove of Nikau palms before you step on to the bright yellow sand of the beach. At the south end of the beach, there are some stunning cliffs with old pohutakawa trees growing at the bottom of the cliffs and clinging to most unlikely spots.. Further along the beach, the bush spills down a more gentle slope down to the edge of the sand. Towards the end of the year, dotterels nest and raise their chicks. We have been lucky enough to stumble across a nearly fledged chick and the parents towards the north end of the beach. We gave them a nice wide berth.
Even at the peak of the summer, this beach is seldom crowded. Quite a few people take swimming togs and a picnic and spend a fair slice of the day there. We have tended to walk from end to end, taking lots of photos.
There is not a house to be seen, but there are attempts to develop the area. While I can understand that someone who has bought the adjacent land might want to profit from their investment, this piece of beach is priceless. If it is to be developed, then it is imperative that any houses that are built must blend in and be invisible from the beach. To do otherwise would spoil a fantastic beach.
One last plea:- please take a plastic bag with you. Use it to bring back your rubbish and anyone else's as well. As I said, there is a rubbish bin at the car-park

5  Thank Kevin P
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

There are many places better and every bit as good in Coromandel. Indeed, the beach at the start of the walk is better than the one at the end. Don't get me wrong, the beach at the end is good if weedy and smelly when we went, the walk over the boulders and through the forest is pleasant and the final beach with forest coming to it is pleasing. It is just no better than many others in NZ and not the best use of time for a short holiday.

Thank StaresDevon
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Despite what us said in most guides, the path to this lovely beach is easy to find. Can't agree that it's in the top 20 around the world (as someone suggests), but worth the effort.

Thank Ron G
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

visited this beach a couple weeks ago while vacationing in NZ. Absolutely beautiful- blue waters etc. I was really (am still am) extremely disappointed how the last ferry to leave Coramandel left at 3:45 in the afternoon- this means that I only got to spend a mere 1 - 1.5 hours at the beach, as the ferry does not get you to Coramandel until 11am, then you have to take transportation the beach itself, then of course you hike to the beach, so I did not actually get there until about 12:30. Then the driver said he would pick me up at 1:45 sharp to catch the last ferry. I was annoyed at the timing because I would of loved to spend several hours here, but at least I got to see it and I know the first place I am heading next time I visit NZ. The walk to the beach itself is beautiful and well worth it....once you reach the beach, you feel like you have found a slice of paradise.

Thank Aleem T
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

The nice thing about New Chums beach is that there is an interesting journey to actually get to it. You have to wade through the inlet/river, then walk over the rocks, then through a gorgeous bit of greenery (with lots of native trees) until you reach the beach. The beach itself is like most NZ beaches; visible volcanic rock formations, white sand and cool pacific waters.
Make sure you bring a picnic to eat in one of the shady spots (there are no facilities/shops). Don't forget sunscreen and enjoy the seclusion!

I had a perfect day at the beach.

Thank adwight
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