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Cathedral Cove Beach

Enter the white sand beach through a natural rock archway, the perfect frame for your photos of the rocky islands and clear waters of this marine reserve.  

New Zealand is full of spectacular scenery, and the Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve in the Coromandel Peninsular is no exception. White rock cliffs, a large pumice island, and a naturally formed archway joining Cathedral Cove Beach to Mares Leg Cove give this beach a distinct look. 

The headland here was once the site of a fortified Maori village ruled over by chief Hei. The area is known in the Maori language as Te Whanganui a Hei. Descendants of these people, the Ngati Hei continue their connection to this special place.

Cathedral Cove is only accessible by boat, or on foot through the Cathedral Cove Walking Track. The hiking trail runs from Hahei Beach through coastal scrub and pine forests, with access to Gemstone and Stingray Bays along the way. The return walk takes around 2 hours and is a little hilly, but you are rewarded for your efforts with headland vistas over the water. Wear comfortable walking shoes and take food and water for an oceanfront picnic. Amenities are provided at Cathedral Cove Beach.

Kayak to Cathedral Cove from Hahei Beach through offshore sea caves and over colorful rock gardens, encountering the local wildlife. The sunrise and sunset kayaking tours are an opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking colors on the water. There are full day tours for travelers wanting to explore further. Many of these tours provide refreshments or lunch and can be booked from Coromandel Town.

The underwater boulders and rock pinnacles around Cathedral Cove are a haven for fish and molluscs, and since the site is protected from winds, it’s the perfect spot for a snorkel. The whole marine reserve is popular with snorkelers and divers. A snorkel trail runs through stingray habitat at Gemstone Bay. Take a dive tour departing from Hahei Beach out to the deep waters and pinnacle rocks where you can swim amongst huge fish and explore the reefs.


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Lodging Near Cathedral Cove

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$53
Hahei Holiday Resort

Hahei Holiday Resort

41 Harsant Avenue, Hahei
4.6
of 5, from 23 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Hahei, this beachfront caravan park/campground is in the historical district, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Hahei Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach. Cooks Beach and Lonely Bay Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$88
Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort

Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort

9 Grange Road, Hahei
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Hahei Beach and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Cathedral Cove. Purangi Estate-The Purangi Winery and Hot Water Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$76
Church Accommodation

Church Accommodation

87 Hahei Beach Road, Hahei
4.8
of 5, from 11 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Hahei, this cottage is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Hahei Beach and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Cathedral Cove. Purangi Estate-The Purangi Winery and Hot Water Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$143
Waimarie Villa

Waimarie Villa

9 Grange Road, Hahei
4.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this guesthouse is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Hahei Beach and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Cathedral Cove. Purangi Estate-The Purangi Winery and Hot Water Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$208
Hahei Horizon

Hahei Horizon

20 Grierson Close, Hahei
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Hahei Beach and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Cathedral Cove. Purangi Estate-The Purangi Winery and Hot Water Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Hahei Bed & Breakfast

Hahei Bed & Breakfast

6 Jackson Place, Hahei
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Hahei Beach and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Cathedral Cove. Purangi Estate-The Purangi Winery and Hot Water Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$89
Beachside Resort Whitianga

Beachside Resort Whitianga

20 Eyre Street, Whitianga
4.6
of 5, from 97 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Ferry Landing, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Buffalo Beach and Lost Spring Thermal Pools. Whitianga Beach and Mercury Bay Golf & Country Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$143
Bay Breeze Accommodation

Bay Breeze Accommodation

6 Banks Street, Cooks Beach
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Cooks Beach, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cooks Beach and Lonely Bay Beach. Shakespeare Cliff Lookout and Buffalo Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).