The tiny beach – more than 20 people would make it seem crowded – is the perfect place to spend a long, lazy, summer day. There’s an enormous pohutukawa at the bay’s entrance, the spreading branches of which create shade for a picnic lunch, support for a rope swing, and bursts into colour every summer with crimson flowers appearing from about December onwards.
The rocks surrounding the bay are perfect for exploring or fishing at low tide, and can be used as platforms for jumping into the sea at high tide (be sure to check the surrounding sea carefully for submerged rocks, however). There’s even a ‘sea cave’, or a hole in the cliffs through which travellers can walk at low tide. The water in the bay generally has gentle waves, ideal for beginner boogie boarders, and is gorgeous to swim in and look at, with pale sand underfoot (and occasional rocks).
Kayakers can visit paddle over to surrounding the beaches or nearby Onemana for ice cream. Those ascending back to the car park will most likely take longer on the walk back up, given the steep slope, sometimes necessitating a stop at another beach to cool off.
Places to Visit around Pokohino Bay
- Wentworth Falls
- Surrounding bays and beaches
Unique Things to See and Do in Pokohino Bay
- Take a quick, steep bush walk to get to the secluded beach and sunbathe to recover
- Take a picnic to eat under the pohutukawa tree
- Swim, boogie board, or just float, and enjoy the beautiful water
- Explore the sea cave at low tide
- Canoe, kayak or sail around the bay and to surrounding inlets and beaches
The Coromandel Peninsula
The Coromandel Peninsula is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful offerings, and it’s a laid back paradise for beach lovers. Nature is everywhere. Keep an eye out in summer for both popular and remote beaches and bays, accessed only by foot, and for fruit stands filled with delicious local produce and honesty boxes. In winter, travellers can take to some of the many bush walks and hikes on offer. The landscape, comprised of mountains, beaches and bush, is beautiful and fairly untouched by human hands – walking the Coromandel beaches, or along wooded paths, can feel like you’ve entered a hushed forest realm or the primordial bush.
The Coromandel contains wildlife reserves for various animals, so travellers should look out for and obey any Department of Conservation signs. Respect for this environment should be top of mind, so visitors should carry all rubbish out with them if bins are not available.
Getting Around Pokohino Bay
Pokohino Bay is located about 15 minutes’ drive from Whangamata and about 10 minutes from Onemana, both of which are about two hours from Auckland. The way to the bay’s carpark is a forestry road off the main Tairua Road. It is rough and unsealed, with frequent large stones, so it’s best to drive slowly along this section to avoid punctures.
Buses to Whangamata from Auckland are available, but travellers will need to arrange transport from Whangamata to Pokohino Bay.
Once at the carpark, the bay is accessed via a forest path of about 15 minutes’ walk. This is a steep descent, turning into a scramble at points with bush terrain and the occasional mud puddle. It is often unmarked, so it is probably unsuitable for anyone with limited mobility. Fairly stout shoes are a good idea, although the national footwear, jandals, will stand up to the test.
Best Time of Year to Travel to Pokohino Bay
While Pokohino Bay is beautiful at all times of the year, the best time to visit is summer, when travellers can sunbathe, swim, and spend the whole day in the area.
Did you know…?
Nearby Onemana Beach was used in the ’100% Middle Earth’ ad campaigns for Tourism New Zealand; however, hobbits are not commonly seen in the beach town.
Did you ALSO know…?
The Coromandel Peninsula’s Maori name is ‘Te Tara-o-te-Ika a Māui’ or ‘The Spine of the Fish of Maui’, a reference to the legend that the North Island was a gigantic fish caught by the demigod Maui.
Visitors should be back to their cars before 7 pm, as the gates to the road are apparently locked at this time.
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