Pitstop #1 – New Chums Beach
Whangapoua Beach, closest to the carpark
New Chums Beach was definitely my highlight of my entire Coromandel Peninsula travel! Hidden in the north-western end of Whangapoua Beach, New Chums Beach is arguably the best beach in the Peninsula boasting pinky/golden sand and crystal clear water, ideal for swimming.
From the carpark, the walk to New Chums Beach is about 30-45 mins. Rest assured, it is worthwhile. Crossing the stream (be careful if it’s high tide), you make your way along the shore on rocks (refer to photo on the right). After about 10 minutes of crossing rocks (and numerous balancing acts), you will move onto a rough track. It may be extremely muddy and slippery at times, so please exercise caution. Shortly after, you will descent to the beach and this is your view!
Kayaking from Whangapoua Beach is also an option to get to New Chums Beach. New Chums is a perfect spot to spend half a day or even a full day at. So, please go prepared with food, magazines, towel etc. Gregor and I were totally unprepared. After a 45 minute walk to get to this paradise, we had nothing on us except for our cameras and car keys. Damn! Am definitely revisiting New Chums Beach in the coming months I’m here in North Island.
Pitstop #2 – Opito Bay
Driving past Otama Beach will bring you to a rather secluded Opito Bay, which offers rather grand views of the many islands out from here. The sweeping expanse of Opito Bay makes the drive worth it. I spent the afternoon just lying on grass curled up with a good read.
Pitstop #3 – Hahei Beach
When at Hahei you have got to visit Madden’s for finger lickin’ good ice-cream and milkshakes!
I decided to spend the night at Hahei – Tatahi Lodge as Hot Water Beach was my last pitstop for Day 3. And, I was gonna begun the next morning heading to Cathedral Cove. There aren’t many backpacker options in Hahei as Whitianga (30 minute drive) is a bigger town. Dorm beds at Tatahi Lodge costed me NZD 32/night with an additional $5 for 24 hours of wifi usage.
Pitstop #4 – Hot Water Beach
At Hot Water Beach you can dig your own hot pool in the sand. That’s what the people in the photo are doing, not digging for gold. This very popular attraction in Coromandel gets its name from the springs that bubble into the sands of the beach, one of the few places in the world where this occurs. The springs are well below the high tide mark, so aim to be there within two hours either side of low tide. What’s next? Take a shovel (or not) and start digging!
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