Cathedral Cove

Free experience
Cathedral Cove

What you can expect

If there's any single spot that serves as the perfect icon of the Coromandel region as a whole, it's undoubtedly the golden, rocky and spectacular Cathedral Cove - otherwise known as Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve. With an internationally famous, naturally formed stone archway that opens out into a wondrous beach environment, it's a location that looks akin to something out of a magazine shoot. This is easily one of the most picturesque spots in the Coromandel and possibly even New Zealand as a whole, as it embodies NZ's coastal and beachside in contrast to its typical alpine nature in full. If there was one word to best sum up Cathedral Cove, “secluded” might be it; despite its popularity it still conveys a feeling of isolation and escapism that is hard to match anywhere else in the country. Reaching the cove requires a fair walk – expect to spend about 45 minutes return without rushing - from its nearest carpark, however upon first viewing the iconic archway any effort put in will immediately be seen as more than worth it. With a scenic walk to undertake, pristine beach, incredible marine life and inspiring rock formations, if you've ever wanted to walk into a scene from a postcard, Cathedral Cove is your go-to destination of choice in the Coromandel region.


What you need to know

  • Getting There
  • Walking trail from car park
  • 2.5 kilometre trail
  • 45 - up to 2 hours to complete
  • No dogs allowed
  • Trail leads to Gemstone Bay, Stingray Bay & Cathedral Cove
Iconic natural attraction
Wonderful photo opportunities
Beautiful sandy beach
2.5km walking trail
Popular attraction
No dogs allowed
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