The Coromandel and the Bay of Plenty Sights

Cathedral Cove

  • end of Grange Rd. Map It
  • Hahei
  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

The spectacular Cathedral Cove rock arch and white-sand crescent-shape beach is possibly the most visited feature in Coromandel. The two-hour return walk is steep but incredibly popular. The water at the cove is usually calm and clear, good for swimming and snorkeling, plus along the way there is a sidetrack (albeit steep) to Gemstone Bay, a rocky beach with an underground snorkel trail. To get there, travel along Hahei Beach Road, turn right toward town and the sea, and then, just past the shops, turn left onto Grange Road and follow the signs. In the height of summer the parking lot is likely to be full and you can start your walk down at the northern end of Hahei Beach, though it takes an extra 25 minutes and involves a bit of a climb. Another option is to jump on the Cathedral Cove Water Taxi that operates off Hahei Beach and can buzz you around to Cathedral Cove in a few minutes. Or you could paddle there with Cathedral Cove Kayaks. A good plan is to visit outside peak summer holiday season, January in particular.

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Trail head car park, end of Grange Rd., Hahei, Waikato, 3591, New Zealand

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Published 08/30/2016

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