New Chums Beach – voted as one of the world’s top 10 beaches – is only 40 minutes by car from Wairua Lodge. This protected beach has no buildings, no roads, no infrastructure or camping – it is a jewel in New Zealand’s coastal crown.
From the north end of Whangapoua beach, cross the stream to begin your walk along the rocky shoreline and over the headland. The 1km long Wainuiototo Bay, or New Chums Beach, is approximately 30-40 mins walk via the Mangakahia Dr track over the saddle through spectacular Nikau forest and huge Pohutukawa.
There is a public toilet at William Mangakahia Lagoon Reserve.