Cathedral Cove, Coromandel
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Stunning views of the Coromandel coast guide you to the dramatic cliffs and iconic rock archway of Cathedral Cove. This is one of best short walks.


  • Distinctive coastal landform features with dramatic cliffs and archway.

  • Fitness required: Moderate
  • Gradient: Undulating with steps

Track overview

2.5 km

Walking and tramping

1 hr 30 min return Easy: Walking track

Seasonal restrictions

Car park closed from 8 January 2018. Limited parking until then. Park and ride service operates from Hahei Visitor car park.

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


This popular track hugs the coast, providing dramatic views of spectacular coastal scenery along its length, finishing at the beach beneath an impressive rock archway.

A loop track at the north-western end offers an extension to the main walk with amazing views.

Getting there

The nearest towns are Hahei (2 km), Whitianga (35 km) and Coromandel (54 km)

The track begins at a car park at the end of Grange Road. From December to March, the car park can be full – a park-and-ride service is available with free parking on the way into Hahei village.

Tour operators/shuttles to/from Auckland are also available.

Privately operated water taxi is available from Hahei when sea conditions allow.

Hahei village struggles to cope with the increased traffic over summer. The community requests that visitors to Cathedral Cove use the Hahei visitor car park at the entrance to Hahei village. From there use the park and ride or walk via the beach to the start of the walk.

History and culture

Significant to local iwi Ngāti Hei, the area around Cathedral Cove was first visited in the 13th century by Hei, who is remembered in the names Hahei and Te Whanganui a Hei or Mercury Bay.

Know before you go

What to expect
  • Elevation change: 80 m
  • Rapidly changing weather conditions.
  • Potential for rockfall in and around the arch due to ongoing natural weathering and erosion – take care.
  • Danger of falling rocks at the north-western end of the beach at Stingray Bay – this area is closed.
Be prepared

Ensure you take:

  • food and water
  • good sturdy footwear.

In the area

For information on transport, accommodation, activities, and attractions in the Coromandel region, refer to


Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
Address:   Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
Full office details
Hauraki Office
Phone:   +64 7 867 9180
Address:   Corner of Pahau and Kirkwood Streets
Thames 3500
Full office details
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