SH25 starts by climbing sharply to an incredible lookout before heading steeply down. The turn-off at Te Rerenga follows the harbour to Whangapoua. There’s not much at this beach except for holiday homes and a pleasant holiday park. Walk along the rocky foreshore for 30 minutes to the remote, beautiful and often-deserted and undeveloped New Chum’s Beach, regarded as one of the most beautiful in the country. Be ready to take your shoes off and wade through a lagoon to get there, and consult the map near the beach store in Whangapoua before you start walking.
Continuing east on SH25 you soon reach Kuaotunu, a more interesting holiday village on a beautiful stretch of white-sand beach, with a cafe-gallery, a store and an ancient petrol pump. From Kuaotunu it's a short drive to Otama Beach and Opito.