Tuesday, June 7, 2011

New Chums Beach

About 20 minutes from Coromandel town, New Chums beach is one of the last remaining untouched and unspoiled areas of the New Zealand coastline.

Voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world by The Observer in 2006 and more recently 60th of the 101 Must Do’s for Kiwis - New Chums Beach remains a hidden gem!

This was my first visit to New Chums and it really was a true discovery of my own private paradise - I was blown away!

The best time to walk there is at low tide, as you have to wade through the estuary at the northern end of Whangapoa beach.  Otherwise you will be walking in waist deep water, and like us, may have to take your pants off so they don’t get wet! (ask one of the local i-sites when low tide is)

We carried on in our undies, following the shoreline for roughly 15 minutes. Don’t make our mistake by thinking you’ve missed the track and start walking back – it is quite visible from the rocks so keep walking till you see it.

We finally found the narrow track that crosses the low point in the headland saddle and eventually opens up to a spectacular beach with golden sand and turquoise water. AND it was all ours! Not one other person on the beach...

Now I understand why it was voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world!

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