New Chum Beach
The 1 km long pristine white-sand of New Chum beach sits in a secluded spot on the northeastern coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. Although not far from the nearest settlement this beach retains a very unspoilt feel.
At the northern end of the beach is the 171 m tall wooded hill of Pukenui whilst the southern end is overlooked by the rocky Motuto Point which separates the beach from Whangapoua.
Inaccessible by vehicle, the only way to New Chums is by boat or a lengthy walk along bush tracks from nearby Whangapoua. Unsurprisingly this keeps the beach somewhat quiet, deserted even. In fact New Chums was voted one of the top 20 deserted beaches in the world by the UK’s Observer newspaper.
In 2010 New Chum beach’s status as one of the few undeveloped beaches in the area came under threat from developers who wanted to build 20 beach front houses. After considerable opposition it seems there plans have been shelved and the beach retains its natural character.
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