Early summer's morning at Otama Beach, Coromandel Peninsula
Otama Beach is a small north-facing pocket beach near Whitianga, on the northeastern coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. Unlike some parts of the Coromandel coast that have suffered from the coastal property boom over the years, Otama Beach is undeveloped and virtually pristine. Regarded as one of the most beautiful of Coromandel peninsulas many beaches, Otama Beach offers exceptionally clear and inviting water, perfect for swimming, and sparkling clean quartz sand that squeaks when walked on. The beach is backed by gently sloping dunes on which dune grasses such as Spinifex and Pingao are abundant, and a wetland nature reserve, home to a number of species of native birds, lies behind the dunes.
Early summer is a good time to visit this area: the weather is often already warm and settled by mid-December but the summer holidays have not yet begun, so one may enjoy a summer-like holiday break here with this beach virtually all to themselves. Alternatively, late February or March offers a similarly peaceful holiday experience, with the added bonus of generally warmer sea temperatures as well.