Holidays in Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove Beach showing general coastal views, rocky coastline and a sunset
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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.

424 Cheap Hotels Near Cathedral Cove

Tatahi Cove
Tatahi Cove
2 out of 5
9 GRANGE ROAD, Hahei, 3591
The price is AU$95 per night from 8 Jul. to 9 Jul.
Stay at this hostel in Hahei. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Popular attractions Hahei Beach and Cathedral Cove are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (7 reviews)
"Staffs are friendly and very helpful. Facilities not new but clean and tidy. It’ll be great if there are air-cons available for hot days in summer."

Reviewed on 20 Jan. 2022

Tatahi Cove
Hahei Beach Resort
Hahei Beach Resort
4.5 out of 5
41 Harsant Avenue, Hahei Beach, Hahei, 3591
The price is AU$130 per night from 13 Jul. to 14 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury holiday park in Hahei. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (246 reviews)
"The resort is conveniently located, beach at your backyard. Very quiet, few mins walk to cathedral cove, 10 mins drive to hot water beach. They make nice coffee :)"

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2022

Hahei Beach Resort
Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort
Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort
3 out of 5
9 Grange Road, Hahei, 3591
The price is AU$170 per night from 11 Jul. to 12 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star guesthouse in Hahei. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (118 reviews)
"Lovely stay, our accommodation was perfect for our family of 5. Had everything we needed and was warm and very clean. Lovely green surroundings gave a feel of privacy. Staff are friendly and helpful. Great location close to the local cafe, brewery, the general store and GAS. Near to beaches and other ..."

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2022

Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Cathedral Cove Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Tatahi Cove
Tatahi Cove
2 out of 5
9 GRANGE ROAD, Hahei, 3591
The price is AU$95 per night from 8 Jul. to 9 Jul.
Tatahi Cove
Hahei Beach Resort
Hahei Beach Resort
4.5 out of 5
41 Harsant Avenue, Hahei Beach, Hahei, 3591
The price is AU$130 per night from 13 Jul. to 14 Jul.
Hahei Beach Resort
Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort
Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort
3 out of 5
9 Grange Road, Hahei, 3591
The price is AU$170 per night from 11 Jul. to 12 Jul.
Tatahi Lodge Beach Resort
Church Accommodation
Church Accommodation
3.5 out of 5
87 Hahei Beach Road, Hahei, 3591
The price is AU$145 per night from 9 Jul. to 10 Jul.
Church Accommodation
Waimarie Villa
Waimarie Villa
3 out of 5
9 Grange Road, Hahei, 3591
Waimarie Villa
Quiet street, close to the beach
Quiet street, close to the beach
Hahei, Waikato
Quiet street, close to the beach
Hahei Bed & Breakfast
Hahei Bed & Breakfast
4.5 out of 5
6 Jackson Place, Hahei, 3591
Hahei Bed & Breakfast
Vacay Hahei @ 65onPa
Vacay Hahei @ 65onPa
Hahei, Waikato
Vacay Hahei @ 65onPa
Hahei Ocean Dream - Private Beach House - with new spa / hot tub!
Hahei Ocean Dream - Private Beach House - with new spa / hot tub!
Hahei, Waikato
Hahei Ocean Dream - Private Beach House - with new spa / hot tub!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.