Isn’t that just a key ingredient to a successful holiday? Making new chums?
Well, here’s a beach dedicated to the pursuit. Kind of. The thing about New Chums Beach (or Wainuiototo Bay, as it’s also known) is it is an exercise in irony because its greatest charm is the fact that it’s so secluded. There’s hardly ever anyone there!
Metres and metres of white sand stretching away deliciously. Clean, clean water. No buildings. No camping. No road.
What does it have? It’s a cathedral of pohutukawa and nikau. It is a golden stretch of dazzling beach. It’s near to the ‘resort’ town of Matarangi, the beach and shop at Whangapoua, and yet it’s a million miles away. On a busy day you might see a flock of seagulls. It’s paradise, people, and it’s yours to enjoy any time you choose.
Stock up on water, sunscreen and Jelly Tips at Matarangi, then make your way to a ‘slice of heaven’, as New Zealand’s troubadour Mr Dobbyn once put it. It truly is.