Holidays in Cathedral Cove

Holiday Travel Guide
Cathedral Cove Beach showing general coastal views, rocky coastline and a sunset

Enter the white sand beach through a natural rock archway, the perfect frame for your photos of the rocky islands and clear waters of this marine reserve.  

New Zealand is full of spectacular scenery, and the Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve in the Coromandel Peninsular is no exception. White rock cliffs, a large pumice island, and a naturally formed archway joining Cathedral Cove Beach to Mares Leg Cove give this beach a distinct look.

The headland here was once the site of a fortified Maori village ruled over by chief Hei. The area is known in the Maori language as Te Whanganui a Hei. Descendants of these people, the Ngati Hei continue their connection to this special place.

Cathedral Cove is only accessible by boat, or on foot through the Cathedral Cove Walking Track. The hiking trail runs from Hahei Beach through coastal scrub and pine forests, with access to Gemstone and Stingray Bays along the way. The return walk takes around 2 hours and is a little hilly, but you are rewarded for your efforts with headland vistas over the water. Wear comfortable walking shoes and take food and water for an oceanfront picnic. Amenities are provided at Cathedral Cove Beach.

Kayak to Cathedral Cove from Hahei Beach through offshore sea caves and over colorful rock gardens, encountering the local wildlife. The sunrise and sunset kayaking tours are an opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking colors on the water. There are full day tours for travelers wanting to explore further. Many of these tours provide refreshments or lunch and can be booked from Coromandel Town.

The underwater boulders and rock pinnacles around Cathedral Cove are a haven for fish and molluscs, and since the site is protected from winds, it’s the perfect spot for a snorkel. The whole marine reserve is popular with snorkelers and divers. A snorkel trail runs through stingray habitat at Gemstone Bay. Take a dive tour departing from Hahei Beach out to the deep waters and pinnacle rocks where you can swim amongst huge fish and explore the reefs.

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656 Cheap Hotels Near Cathedral Cove

Hahei Holiday Resort
Hahei Holiday Resort
4.5 out of 5
41 Harsant Avenue, Hahei Beach, Hahei
The price is AU$105 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Located in Hahei, this beachfront holiday park is in the historical district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Cathedral Cove and Hahei Beach. Stingray Bay is 1.5 mi ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (239 reviews)
"We just love the resort. Always spotless and staff are so friendly. An extra thanks to Steffie for all her help with out Jan 2022 booking. She was amazing."

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2021

Hahei Holiday Resort
Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort
Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort
3 out of 5
9 Grange Road, Hahei
The price is AU$208 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Situated near the beach, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Hahei Beach and Cathedral Cove. Stingray Bay is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away.
4.7/5Exceptional! (115 reviews)
"Excellent property with hygiene and tidyness"

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2021

Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort
Tatahi Backpackers
Tatahi Backpackers
2 out of 5
9 GRANGE ROAD, Hahei
The price is AU$115 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Situated by the ocean, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cathedral Cove and Hahei Beach. Stingray Bay is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away.
4.5/5Wonderful! (6 reviews)
"The staff were warm welcoming and the hostel was very clean."

Reviewed on 12 Mar. 2020

Tatahi Backpackers
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Hahei Holiday Resort
Hahei Holiday Resort
4.5 out of 5
41 Harsant Avenue, Hahei Beach, Hahei
The price is AU$105 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Hahei Holiday Resort
Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort
Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort
3 out of 5
9 Grange Road, Hahei
The price is AU$208 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort
Tatahi Backpackers
Tatahi Backpackers
2 out of 5
9 GRANGE ROAD, Hahei
The price is AU$115 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
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Pacific Views - Hahei Holiday Home
Pacific Views - Hahei Holiday Home
88 Grange Road, Hahei, Waikato
Pacific Views - Hahei Holiday Home
Hahei Sunrise - Hahei Holiday Home
Hahei Sunrise - Hahei Holiday Home
99 Grange Road, Hahei, Waikato
Hahei Sunrise - Hahei Holiday Home
Island Outlook - Hahei Beach Holiday Home
Island Outlook - Hahei Beach Holiday Home
89 Grange Road, Hahei, Waikato
Island Outlook - Hahei Beach Holiday Home
Treehouse - Hahei Holiday Home
Treehouse - Hahei Holiday Home
50 Grange Road, Hahei, Waikato
Treehouse - Hahei Holiday Home
At Cathedral Cove - Hahei Holiday Home
At Cathedral Cove - Hahei Holiday Home
52 Grange Road, Hahei, Waikato
At Cathedral Cove - Hahei Holiday Home
Tutaritari Treasure - Hahei Holiday Home
Tutaritari Treasure - Hahei Holiday Home
17 Tutaritari Road, Hahei, Waikato
Tutaritari Treasure - Hahei Holiday Home
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