Cathedral Cove Walk
Cathedral Cove, near Hahei is a popular tourist destination located within the Te-Whangaui-A-Hei Marine Reserve. The Cove itself gets its name from the naturally formed "Cathedral" archway carved out by the sea and wind over thousands of years (as seen in the popular movie, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe).
Only accessible by foot, boat/water taxi or kayak, this spectacular 2.5km (1.6 miles) coastal walk takes you past quintessential Coromandel scenery of pohutukawa trees and white sandy beaches. As well as Cathedral Cove itself, there are many beautiful places to explore along the way including Gemstone Bay and Stingray Bay (known for being wonderful diving and snorkelling spots).
The track is well-maintained, with lookouts for photo opportunities along the way. There are inclines and steps so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Due to this, it is not stroller, pushchair or wheelchair friendly.
The walk itself takes around 30 mins each way but you'll want to allow time to enjoy the sights along the way as well as Cathedral Cove itself.
The main carpark at the start of the Cathedral Cove walkway is about a 10 minute drive from Flaxmill Bay. However, it is only a small carpark which quickly fills up during weekends and holidays in winter. From 1 October to 30 April it becomes a drop off only zone. If you have a good walking fitness, you may need to park further away and walk up Grange Road to the start of the walkway. During the summer months there is a paid 'park and ride' service which operates daily from 9am to 6pm.
Alternatively, there is access to the main walkway via the coastal track at the northern end of Hahei Beach, this will add another 20 minutes to your journey.
cathedral cove WALK TIPS...
- What to take: Walking shoes, camera, water, sunscreen, hat, swimwear/towel.
- How long: 2.5kms, taking about 30-40 mins each way
- Take a picnic lunch: There are many wonderful places to have a picnic, so make a day of it.
- Access: The track is not stroller, pushchair or wheelchair friendly, however there is a water taxi service from Hahei.
- Dogs: Are not allowed.
- Reasonable fitness level: There are steep stairs going down to Cathedral Cove - what goes down, must come up!
- Parking: Visit the Thames Coromandel District Council website for information about where to park in Hahei.
- Hahei Beach Track: Taking the walking track at the northen end of Hahei beach adds another 20 mins on top of your walk.
- Tours: There are local groups who offer Boat Trips or Kayak Tours which take in the Marine Reserve and Cathedral Cove.
- Where to stay? With us, of course! Book Here
flaxmill is 10 mins drive to Hahei...
- Turn right from our gates onto Purangi Road
- After about 6kms, turn left on to Hahei Road
- Drive for about 4kms to the Hahei turn off
- Drive into Hahei and turn left after the shops onto Grange Road South
- Follow the road up to the carpark and follow the signs from there