Famous for New Chums Beach,
a world class haven.
Whangapoua and adjacent New Chums Beach (Wainuiototo Bay) have some serious and well deserved beach pulling power for domestic and international visitors alike.
New Chums Beach has been voted in the top 10 beaches to visit in the world, and Whangapoua Beach certainly has its own significant merits.
Whanagapoua Beach is a safe long sandy beach that stretches 1.5km. The northern end of Whangapoua Beach is the starting point for access to New Chums Beach. Whangapoua has a rich heritage that dates back to the 13th century when local Maori are recorded as occupying the area.
Much later from 1860 the area attracted European settlers involved in the kauri and gold mining industries. Today Whangapoua has a resident population of under 200 which grows to over 1000 as holiday makers and summer residents share the delights of this beach destination from December to February.