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
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