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Cathedral Cove (Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve)

99/104 Grange Rd S, Hahei, Waikato 3591 New Zealand

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Fri 12a-11:59p
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi

“One of the most picturesque spots in New Zealand”

From beautiful Hahei Beach on The Coromandel you can walk to Cathedral Cove, where a naturally formed archway deserves photographic attention.

From the north end of the beach, a one hour walking track leads along the cliff top and then descends to the Cove. Here a gigantic arched cavern passes through a white rock headland to join two secluded coves. The cathedral-like arch gives the whole area an air of grandeur. The beach is sandy with shady pohutukawa trees along the foreshore - a perfect place for a picnic and a swim.

Just off the beach at Cathedral Cove is a large pinnacle of pumice breccia rock known as 'Te Hoho'. Over centuries this has been sculpted by wind and water - it now looks like the prow of a large ship steaming into the beach.

If you prefer a slightly shorter walk (about 1.5 hours return), start from the car park at the end of Grange Road in Hahei - turn left just after the Hahei shops.

During the summer months, a shuttle service runs from the visitor car park on Pa Road to the start of the Cathedral Cove track. It costs $5 return per person, $3 for a child and $10 for a family (2 adults 2 children). It is recommended that all visitors to Hahei Beach and Cathedral Cove use this car park.

For snorkellers and scuba divers, Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve provides a visual feast of sponge gardens, reef systems and marine life to observe.

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Cathedral Cove (Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve)

99/104 Grange Rd S
Hahei
Waikato
3591 New Zealand

Hours

Open 24 hours today
  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
  • Free Parking
  • Yes Parking

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