The Locals Top 5 - CoromandelOnly 13.5km north of Whangamata is the settlement of Opoutere on the Wharekawa Harbour. The shallow Opoutere harbour opens on to a long 5km white surf beach. You can swim, walk and enjoy the rare birdlife. At the southern end of Opoutere Beach lies the narrow entrance to the Wharekawa Harbour which is dominated by a spectacular sand spit. The spit is a breeding ground for several endangered species of sea birds. In addition to the harbour and reserve walks there are easy walks along the beach to Ohui rock pools at the northern end of the beach and into the state forest to visit the historic Phoenix goldmine.