Visiting New Zealand’s Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove is the most popular attraction in Hahei, and one of the most popular places on the Coromandel Peninsula. Tourists flock here by foot, kayak, tour boat, or water taxi to see the stunning scenery and rock formations. During high tide, water infiltrates the “Cathedral”, but during low tide you can walk through to another beach area.

This beach is quite famous and you’ll often see pictures of it all over the internet and social media. Many movies have even been filmed here, including the Chronicles of Narnia. It’s no surprise, considering how picturesque this place is.

The walk here will take you about a half hour each way, but the track is beautiful and well worth it. There are lots of operators and outfitters that offer boat cruises or kayak tours to Cathedral Cove. A water taxi runs about every half hour during the main season, taking you from Hahei Beach straight to the Cove.

Don’t be surprised to find a busy track and full beach when you arrive. It’s a great spot to relax just before or after peak season, but in the height of summer you’ll be surrounded by people trying to get the perfect instagram shot. If you hate crowds, avoid this spot. If you don’t mind sharing, get out there and see it immediately!

Cathedral Cove is one of the top attractions in New Zealand, and for good reason. The idyllic white sand beach and beautiful rock formations are only accessible by foot or by water.


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Cathedral Cove is one of the top attractions in New Zealand, and for good reason. The idyllic white sand beach and beautiful rock formations are only accessible by foot or by water.

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By Courtney Minor

Wandering around and writing about it.

5 comments

    1. haha I was there in autumn when most tourists were gone. There were a few, but I picked the right time of year to be there. 🙂

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  1. Oh my gosh the photos are beautiful Courtney! It looks pretty empty in the photos, which I would LOVE – haha, I like having beautiful places to myself 😀 Thanks so much for sharing your experience at Cathedral Cove on #FlyAwayFriday – can’t wait to see your next post tomorrow! xo

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