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.
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
- 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.
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 www.thecoromandel.com