Cathedral Cove Walk, Hahei

Spend a day surrounded by breathtaking beaches, a crystal-clear sea, lush vegetation, and impressive rock formations at Cathedral Cove Walk. The cove's most prominent feature is the towering natural archway that connects two scenic bays. Its sandy beaches are perfect for relaxing by the sea, while the abundance of marine life makes the cove a great snorkeling destination. No roads lead to the cove, so you can access it either by a hiking trail or from the sea. Even though the hike to the cove is not too long or difficult, make sure to wear appropriate footwear and bring sufficient supplies of food and water--the beaches are in a protected area and don't have any facilities. With our custom trip planner, Hahei attractions like Cathedral Cove Walk can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This is a nice walk and doing good for each level. From the "far" car park a 75 min walk for someone with an average condition. Scenic views and sporting a lovely getaway to move. Not to tiring but still the idea that you really what did.
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  • It was a little over 2 years since we last walked this track & visited the cove. There have been some changes in this time. During the peak of the season - December to April - you are unable to use th...  more »
  • Even if the weather is not the best this is still a cool thing to do. The walk is not too challenging and the beach is really cool. I did not go in the water the day I went but everyone seemed to be e...  more »
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  • The destination is worth the hike, but not for the unfit!! We read a lot about the change in parking arrangements prior to our visit so parked in the new public car park and walked the roadway up to the top of the hill to start the trail. There is a bus to take you up and we would certainly recommend that if you have any health issues. The Walk itself involves a fair amount of hills and steps (in the final section before you reach the Cove) so conserve your energy. We had overcast weather but it was still lovely to see & it wasn't mobbed!
  • A great walk with stunning views along the way. We found there was no parking up at the signed car park for Cathedral cove so instead parked down at the beach at did the walk from there. Takes about an hour each way but worth it. A few stops along the way with steps down to smaller bays such as Stingray Bay, Gem Stone Bay. They add to the energy output and pretty view intake!
  • Been a few years since I last walked it but it's now been sealed, so it's like walking on a pavement albeit a bit up and down. It now takes way less time than the suggested 45 mins even when you stop to take in the fantastic views along the way. Don't forget to do the side trips to Gemstone & Stingray Bay.
  • Easy 45 mins walk to the cathedral cove beach. This should easily be one of the best beaches of NZ. They have stopped parking at the location but there is a free parking close to the information center and a shuttle service plying to and from every 20 mins. The walk can be easily covered by all ages with tarred road almost to the beach from parking.
  • Great walk from The beach to the cove car park. A pretty rough and challenging trail (very up and down) but when you get to the car park for Cathedral Cove the path is sealed and well set. Doing this extra bit of track makes the destination even more worth while.
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