Clown nudibranch, Whanganui A Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve. Photo: Brian Mackie. DOC USE ONLY.

Clown nudibranch, Whanganui A Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve

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Visitors to the marine reserve will see sandy flats, reefs, boulder and cobble fields, and all the sea creatures and plants which thrive in these habitats. The area is also popular with walkers as it encompasses the beautiful coast around Hahei and Cathedral Cove.

The area was named after Hei, a tohunga of the Te Arawa waka who claimed the area for his people.

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The reserve covers the marine area north-east of Hahei and Cooks Bluff between Mahurangi and Motukorure Islands on the Coromandel Peninsula.

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Total fire ban

There is a total fire ban in place in all DOC campsites in the Coromandel - no open fires, no camp fires, and no fireworks are permitted.

Alerts for Coromandel places


Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 7 867 9080
Address:   Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
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Hauraki Office
Phone:      +64 7 867 9180
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