Hahei area: Places to go in the Coromandel

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel
Image: Piotr Zurek | Creative Commons


Discover the beautiful sandy beach at Cathedral Cove with its natural rock arch, or enjoy spectacular views from headland pā.


Whanganui A Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve – see sandy flats, reefs, boulder and many different sea creatures and plants that live there. Take a walk along the coast to see the very popular Hahei and Cathedral Cove. 

Te Pare Historic Reserve – at the southern end of Hahei Beach this reserve has the remains of two prominent Ngati Hei pa sites.

Place overview


  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

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Diving and snorkelling

Gemstone Bay has a unique snorkel trail of four buoys that illustrate the marine habitats and species that live in the water below.

Stingray Bay, a little further on, is also good for snorkelling.

Heritage sightseeing

Te Pare Historic Reserve - at the southern end of Hahei Beach Te Pare Historic Reserve encompasses the remains of two prominent Ngati Hei pa sites


Stingray Bay has a sandy beach and is good for swimming.

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    Getting there

    Turn off SH25 at Whenuakite, onto Hot Water Beach Rd. Veer left onto Link Rd, then turn right onto Hot Water Beach Rd.


    Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
    Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
    Email:   kauaerangavc@doc.govt.nz
    Address:   995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
    Thames 3577
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    Hauraki Office
    Phone:   +64 7 867 9180
    Email:   thames@doc.govt.nz
    Address:   360 Ngati Maru Highway
    Thames 3500
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