Walking in New Zealand:Coromandel Cathedral Cove


newzealand-nov-05-026.jpg  You can do a largely circular walk from the centre of Hahei village, walking up Grange Road to the car park and enjoying the fine views, or just do the shorter walks from the car park.

This is a superb stretch of coastline

You can do a largely circular walk from the centre of Hahei village, walking up Grange Road to the car park and enjoying the fine views, or just do the shorter walks from the car park.


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Cathedral Cove is at the far end of the path from the car park


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It is worth taking the loop of path through the taller forest against this cliff


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Halfway to the cove - the view out to sea


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The cathedral cave is quite impressive - but you cannot walk through it at high tide


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Several rock stacks show the errosion at the high tide level that will eventually topple them


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The beach beyond the cove - backed by shear cliffs


newzealand-nov-05-048.jpg  Continue on the path past the car park and you head down towards Hahei Beach.

It is worth looking at each of the smaller coves on the way back to the car park, but none are as impressive as Cathedral cove

Continue on the path past the car park and you head down towards Hahei Beach.


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Continue along the beach right to the far end, where wooden steps lead up onto the Te Pare reserve


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Looking out from the point to the islands in Mercury Bay


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A group of gnarled trees cling to the cliff top on Te Pare


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The view south is even more spectacular - best seen from beside the gnarled trees


newzealand-nov-05-063.jpg  A walkway follows the riverside until a track crosses the bridge

Head back up the path towards the village

A walkway follows the riverside until a track crosses the bridge


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On the right are public gardens and you can walk up through these back to the shops in the village centre