Yes plenty of times being a local. It is off Highway 45 between New Plymouth
and Oakura, its not signposted however, heading to Oakura you will go down a
huge hill this is the only one like this between NP and Oakura and its
called Tapuae hill named after the river that runs thru the bottom, as you
descend there is a turning bay turning right toward the coast, this is the
road that leads into a new sub-division and the beach track, you will see
new houses dotted about, there is a car park off that little road to your
left at the bottom of the road. From the car park theres a grassy mown track
which follows the river all the way to the beach, most locals go to the
right of the river, this is a marine reserve so no fisherman prowling round
like they do going left, theres about a kilometre of clear beach more so
when the tides out with high hills behind, however there are new houses
being built and prospective owners peering over the cliffs and wandering
along the beach with ties on is not uncommon. At this time of year it can
get windy, but come January onwards it settles down some but theres always
breezes, beach umbrellas a must as theres no shelter, black hot ironsand
beware particularly if you have little ones. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes
walk from carpark an easy stroll down gentle slopes. We do get the odd
walker with dogs as its a dog allowed beach and maybe some others but not to
much bother from gwarkers it takes an a bit of effort to get there. If you
have trouble finding the place let me know thru this media and hopefully Im
not on weeked shift and I can guide you there..
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Many thanks for that - it's several years since I've been there! I'll now
update the FBNZ entry to match your updated access directions. The direct
link to Tapuae Beach is: freebeaches.org.nz/v4tapuae.htm if you'd like to
check it out. (Let me know if you have any corrections or suggestions.)
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No problems, I can now tell you the name of the road off HW 45 is Washer
Road a new sign just been erected. There is also stone walls either side of
this road with Tapuae in big silver lettering as its also the entrance to
this new lifestyle farm blocks being sold in the area. The beach isnt
actually called Tapuae, I dont think it has a name but when you say Tapuae
everyone knows what your talking about.
There's not as many of us these days, when I first discovered the place in the 90s it was very popular.
I have thought of the Peka Peka situation, I know one couple who built the first mansion on a cliff top are not worried at all, they wander along the beach with their dog grinning at the sights lol, but I guess others may not be so tolerant, there hasnt been any hassles with the ignorant as far as I know, the council know the place exsits as do the police, some of whom graced the placed in the past. I even saw two council water testers take a skinny dip one day, perks of the job lol.
Off topic slightly, but just seen this on STUFF
Thankfully, it’s not here in NZ
Subject: Re: [gonatural] Tapuare Beach
Yes Linda is the beach matriarch still, and yes you are correct about Back beach though it is no longer used as such and theres a gay place sprung up between Back beach and Tapuae,
interestingly enuff the couple that have built the mansion above Tapuae are good friends with the previous mayor, so the council are well informed, and last stated by them when Kapiti beaches were okayed our mayor sanctioned Tapuae but saw no need to promote or signpost.
I was looking on the Tapuare Estates website it looks like an interesting development, it would be good to live on a chunk of land and not have to worry about having to farm it.
I wonder weather any potential buyer would know there is a naturist beach next to their potential new home.
also would this development put naturists off going to this beach, knowing there maybe people looking down on them.
Hi, we are heading up to the Coromandel next week, we will be staying at the Opoutere Beach Motor Camp.
Can anyone Please tell us a little bit more about the beach, where the naturist part of the beach is etc.
I know the camp-ground you mention which is a fair way from
the beach. As Mark says, the north end of the beach is
great, and I've never had a problem there, its a little bit
of a walk from the camp-ground but well worth the effort.
The beach is just awesome.
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> Gee John , I don't know which camp ground you are talking
> about, but Opoutere Coastal Camping Ground is far from
> 'long and thin'.it is quite extensive with little nooks
> and crannies where you can camp, it is rustic but
> comfortable.The only person that was nude on the beach was
> me, I chose to sunbathe a little further north of the exit
> from the camp as those staying there not nudists.Mark.
> Mark Kennedy
Gee John , I don't know which camp ground you are talking about, but Opoutere Coastal Camping Ground is far from 'long and thin'.
it is quite extensive with little nooks and crannies where you can camp, it is rustic but comfortable.
The only person that was nude on the beach was me, I chose to sunbathe a little further north of the exit from the camp as those staying there not nudists.
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