Consider the Coromandel Peninsula & most people think of Coromandel's stunning east coast beaches; Cathedral Cove, Hot Water Beach, Hahei & Whangamata. But at the northern finish of the peninsula lies a spectacular smorgasbord of largely unpopulated, unspoiled beaches with pristine white sand so fine it squeaks between your toes.
Welcome beach bums to beach heaven beginning with the gateway to this north facing coastal playground; Matarangi.
Imagine four.5 kilometres of sandy white beach, crystal blue sea, gentle surf lapping on the shore & all day sun. Now keep that picture in your head because that is Matarangi! Matarangi beach is tremendous safe for children, making it of the most popular relatives destinations on the peninsula. This also means it is the most developed of the northern facing beaches, yet Matarangi is a place much in contact with the simple things in life. This is a community where life is centred around the general store, where families come year after year to relax & unwind from the stresses of city life.
There is of those city lifestyle pleasures; an international 18 hole golf coursework, a licensed restaurant & bar & Piper's Cafe for those who cannot do without their every day caffeine fix, but not a lot that people forget why they came here; to fish, swim, dive, go boating, walk in the plenty of natural reserves or lie on the beach.
For those who need to experience the holy grail of truly untouched beaches, then you must visit New Chums beach. New Chums is rated among the top beaches in the world by Observer & National Geographic, yet is virtually unknown by most New Zealanders. Forget about driving to this beach because the only way you'll get here is by foot.