Cathedral Cove

August 4, 2014 New Zealand Write a Comment 4,080 Views

Cathedral Cove: A Large Ship Steaming Into The Beach.

As a travel photographer, I always try to get a good impression on the place that I’m about to visit. Since I was a complete newbie to New Zealand, I did some thorough research before flying there for my one-month journey. I knew that New Zealand was a great place for all kinds of different activities – and of course hiking was at the top of my list. But to be honest, I didn’t expect it to be such a beach-paradise. Now I know better.

Just before flying across the Tasman Sea, I spent two weeks in and around Sydney, which pretty much meant “beach, more beach, and even more beach”. This would give me the rest that would be needed before completing treks like the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Milford Track or Rangitata Valley trip.

But, before I started my hiking adventures across New Zealand, Cathedral Cove (also known as Te Whanganui-A-Hei) was on my agenda – yes, I saw the movie Narnia. That large pinnacle that looked like the sail from a boat made quite the impression on me. So after two days in Auckland, I drove off to the Coromandel Peninsula.

I passed the beautiful Hot Water beach before arriving at the car park near Hahei beach. From there it was a nice walk down to the Cove. It took me 40 minutes, but I was pretty fast since I needed to continue to Matamata on the same day. It usually takes about 1 – 1 1/2 hours. The walk itself is nice and should be enjoyed, but due to heaps of people, I’d rather recommend to just get down to the Cove. Here you won’t be alone, since Cathedral Cove is one of the most visited places in the area. Yet is was still a real highlight and if I return there (which I will for sure), I’ll give myself more time to explore the region even more…

The striking rock known as 'Te Hoho'. Just off the beach at Cathedral Cove is a large pinnacle of pumice breccia. Over centuries this has been sculpted by wind and water - it now looks like the prow of a large ship steaming into the beach.
The striking rock is known as ‘Te Hoho’. It’s a large pinnacle at Cathedral Cove. Over centuries this has been sculpted by wind and water.
From beautiful Hahei Beach you can walk to Cathedral Cove, where a naturally formed archway deserves photographic attention.
From Hahei Beach you can walk to Cathedral Cove, where a naturally formed archway are a real eye-catcher.
The famous Cathedral Cove. The cathedral-like arch gives whole area an air of grandeur.
The famous Cathedral Cove. The cathedral-like arch makes quite an impression…
Cathedral Cove is one of the most picturesque spots on the Coromandel Peninsula.
Cathedral Cove is one of the most picturesque spots on the Coromandel Peninsula.
A one hour walking track leads through forest along the cliff top and then descends to the Cove.
A one-hour walking track leads through forest along the cliff top and then descends to the Cove.

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