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“Beautiful Natural Attraction”

Cathedral Cove Walk
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$271.23*
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Small-Group Coromandel Peninsula Day Trip from Auckland
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$306.92*
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Coromandel and Cathedral Cove Day Trip from Auckland
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$214.13*
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Cathedral Cove Day Trip from Auckland
Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Hahei
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

We hiked in to Cathedral Cove over a trail that took about 30 minutes each way. The hike was very scenic through the trees and along the ocean. There are a few areas where you have to go up and down steps, so a minimum fitness level is necessary. There are a couple of other beaches along the way that are marked. We stopped at Stingray Cove to eat lunch on the way back and found it quiet and scenic.
The parking lot at the start of the hike was full when we arrived mid-morning. We drove around a couple of times until we found a spot where someone was pulling out. You can park further away and walk, if necessary. Make sure to take plenty of water with you on the hike because it can get quite warm especially if the weather is sunny. There was a small concession trailer in the parking lot where you can stock up with snacks, sandwiches and drinks, but nothing at the cove.
There is a beautiful rock arch at the beach and quite a few people who were swimming. We took several photos and found the hike well worth it. The scenery here was one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand.

Thank Marie K
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

Go early to avoid the crowds and you are treated to a stunning view of the coastline on the 35 minute (ish) walk down to Cathedral Cove and a lovely small beach at the bottom. The walk is fairly steep - definitely take water on a hot day (food and drink - and toilets - available just before you drive up the hill to the car park). Also remember to check the tides before going as high tide covers the beach!

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Reviewed March 20, 2014

To get to this beach you can take a water taxi or a kayak tour but we chose to do a scenic walk down to the beach that took about 20 minutes. The sand feels soft under your toes, the water is fresh and invigorating. It is a tourist destination but you still have room to find your own patch to soak up the scenery and catch the sun or retreat into the shade.

We had two very different beach experiences. A few hours at Cathedral Cove, and later ready for low tide we headed to Hot Water Beach to create our own spa.

Thank julee037
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Reviewed March 20, 2014

Lovely beach arch and easily accessible. For this reason too many people but still worth seeing. Go a couple of hours after highn tide for best views and to allow walking through arch onto beach. Quite a few steps to climb on way back but not difficult. Signposted intermediate beaches not worth bothering with unless snorkelling

Thank StaresDevon
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

This is worth the trip and the hike...be aware that there is limited parking and on a good day you will want to be there early. Being early means you get a quick spot, good light for the pictures and if you are really lucky, less people. The hike has two different trails, try both. I personally liked the forest trail though the dense trees. The rock formations at the beach are wonderful...

Thank Takarehi
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