New Chums Beach

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Time: 30 minutes one way. New Chums beach is the secluded beach immediately north of Whangapoua. The only public access is by foot.

• Walk to the end of the beach
• Cross the lagoon stream
• Walk on the boulders at the edge of the sea until you reach the path
• Follow the path that takes you across the saddle to New Chums

• Wear sand shoes or walking shoes
• Best not to walk when there is a high surf running
• Take a water bottle and a towel
• Time taken is 30 minutes -- each way



8 reviews with the most recent first

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Ranking: 10/10

Amazing beach well worth the walk to get there!

Reviewed 26 days ago

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Michal Za'heryuk

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

White sand, quiet place, clean sea.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2016

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Ranking: 9/10

The New Chums Beach is a pretty sick beach here in New Zealand, you can't go by car so you walk around 30 minutes to the beach along the coast. You can climb a little hill/mountain and have an overview to the beach. It is not so much tourism as Cathedral Cove.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Lotta Mitze


Ranking: 9/10

Very adventurous!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Bart Hanssen


Ranking: 10/10

Most beautiful beach we have ever seen.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Thomas Haslbeck


Ranking: 10/10

One of the best beaches I have ever seen in my life and not overcrowded.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Elisabeth Ringswandl


Ranking: 9/10

Best beach I have ever seen! Just a few people. But the walk to the beach is full with stinky algae.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jan Legein


Ranking: 8/10

Very nice walk along the beach and on the rocks. The New Chums Beach was really amazing!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014