We did not snorkel as the water was a little rough on the day we visited but a guy was theer with equipment to hire if you do not have your own. Hot Water Beach is historically and culturally significant to Ngati Hei. In summer, take your togs with you - even if you don’t think you want to swim, you may change your mind when you see how inviting the water is!

Mike G, Owner at Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours, responded to this review Responded July 2, 2013 Thanks for your great review Sabine! Archaeologists believe the Whitianga locale has been populated by the Ngati Hei iwi (tribe) for a thousand years, thus making it one of New Zealand’s longest inhabited areas. How to get to Cathedral Cove By foot.

Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours: A must do - even in the NZ Winter!

You don’t want to forget something, as you can’t go back for it. To this day Ngati Hei endeavour to protect this taonga (treasure), that is near an Urupa (burial ground) and Pa site (fortified settlement), and hope that you … This adds an extra 10-15 minutes of uphill to your walk, but it is completely do-able. It’s important that you have the right clothes as the walk to the cove is approx 30-45 minutes. Cathedral Cove is jsut over an hours walk from Hahei. Since the Grange Road car park is closed outside of daylight hours, if you are wanting to be at the cove for sunrise or sunset, you will have to park at Hahei beach car park. Cathedral Cove Walk: Beautiful Even in Winter - See 2,369 traveller reviews, 2,195 candid photos, and great deals for Hahei, New Zealand, at Tripadvisor. Getting To Cathedral Cove For Sunrise. You are right that the winter months can offer some great kayaking conditions and give you the chance to enjoy the whole bay to yourself. It has 2 beaches which are seperated by the cove during high tide. Cathedral Cove is one of the busiest beaches we have seen in New Zealand on previous occasions, (maybe with the exception of Hot Water Beach at low tide in summer), but all we can say is: THANK GOD FOR SHOULDER SEASON! - See 730 traveler reviews, 361 candid photos, and great deals for Hahei, New Zealand, at Tripadvisor.

The beach is sandy with shady pohutukawa trees along the foreshore - a perfect place for a picnic and a swim.

Cathedral Cove Walk: Stunning even in Winter - See 2,364 traveler reviews, 2,188 candid photos, and great deals for Hahei, New Zealand, at Tripadvisor. Cathedral Cove Walk. It has 2 beaches which are seperated by the cove during high tide. We cannot stress enough how much of a difference it makes coming here in winter instead of summer. The most common way to reach Cathedral Cove is on foot. Cathedral Cove Walk: Cathedral Cove in the Winter (July) - See 2,369 traveler reviews, 2,195 candid photos, and great deals for Hahei, New Zealand, at Tripadvisor. Just off the beach at Cathedral Cove is a large pinnacle of pumice breccia rock known as 'Te Hoho'. Cathedral Cove Walk: Worth it, especially in winter! The only f*cking tourist getting in the way of Laura’s photos was Robin. The Cove itself gets its name from the naturally formed "Cathedral" archway carved out by the sea and wind over thousands of years (as seen in the popular movie, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe).

The cathedral-like arch gives the whole area an air of grandeur. If I …

A track begins at the northern end of Hahei Beach.. From there it should take 1 hour and 10 minutes according to the signs but it only took us about 45 minutes to walk.. Cathedral Cove, near Hahei is a popular tourist destination located within the Te-Whangaui-A-Hei Marine Reserve.

Hahei Beach at dawn.

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