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new chums view guide

==the cj way++

The CJ way Guide to New Chums Beach view


Unofficial (and epic) lookout over New Chums beach

Located in New Chums, the Coromandel

30-45 minutes

Medium walk


Best time to visit: low tide and sunset

Sneakers are best


  • Coordinates of Viewpoint: -36.699944, 175.613337

  • Coordinates of Parking: -36.709387, 175.609085​

  • To get to the car park you head out towards the far left of the beach. To start the walk to the lookout, you need to cross the river, and it’s advised to do this two hours either side of low tide. Best to take your shoes off to cross as I (James) tried to make the run and jump and didn’t quite make it haha (wet socks the entire way wasn’t ideal). Also don’t get put off by the weird spongey seaweed stuff. Continue following the trail (left side of the beach) and after about 20-25 minutes you’ll see a blue sign as you approach the crest of the hill. If you continue heading down from this sign you will reach New Chums Beach, but if you turn right shortly afterwards, you will see an unofficial track leading further up the hill. The track up to the viewpoint is a bit hairy and in some parts you may need to use tree roots/branches to pull yourself up. From this point, it takes about 10-15 minutes to get to the top, but in our opinion, it’s well worth the effort for the incredible view.

 best time to visit? 

  • The main consideration for visiting New Chums is the tides for access and crossing the river. Two hours either side of low tide is our recommendation and in our opinion, late afternoon to sunset is the best time to visit. (Click here to view the tide times we used).

 cj travel tips 

  • Take a picnic with you as the rocks at the top of the lookout make for a lovely spot to sit and spend an hour or so watching the sun go down.

  • We preferred the view from the rocks a little way down from the top.

  • Sunset lines up the best during the summer months (i.e. it sets right over the beach).

  • In the winter months, the sun rises perpendicular to the beach and would create  really nice first light on the bay. We think this would make for an incredible shot with the drone (but haven’t tried it yet).

 cj photography tips 

  • In the middle half of the year (April to September), the sun sets over the beach. It disappears behind the tree-line/hills before the actual sunset, allowing the possibility for a sun-star. Use a high aperture to accentuate the sunstar (we usually start around f16), and then wait for the sun to be partially blocked by the trees. If you are aiming to get a sun-star, you will need to arrive earlier.

  • You can use ND filters to push the exposure time above 1 second and create smooth blue water (hopefully with some sunset colours reflected in it!).

  • If you have a smart phone or GoPro, set this up at the start and get an awesome Timelapse of the sun setting over the beach.

 what we found useful to pack 

​In addition to the usuals (camera gear, suitable clothing, water and food, first aid, etc. we found the following items useful for New Chums:

  • Sneakers that are suitable for climbing up a gravel/dirt path;

  • A towel to dry your feet after the river crossing; and

  • Clothes that can be easily rolled up for the river crossing (or shorts).

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