Cathedral Cove New Zealand
As a recent tourist in the Bay of Plenty, I was lucky enough to spend a day at the beautiful Cathedral Cove. Cathedral Cove is one of New Zealand’s hidden treasures. Located on the beautiful Hahei Beach just outside of the Coromandel. Some people may recognise this beach and backdrop from the film The Chronicles of Narnia, where part of the film was filmed.
We went on a beautiful spring weekend and stayed in the lovely, quaint town of Matarangi. Which is a small town in between the Coromandel and Whitianga. Although there was only one cafe and a few shops in Matarangi it was still lovely to stay there as it was rather peaceful. I would also recommend heading into Whitianga and Coromandel Town as they have many nice cafes and shops. There was an awesome pub/restaurant in the Coromandel Town where we stopped to have lunch. There I possibly had the best fish and chips I had ever eaten, so fresh and juicy!
Because it was spring, Cathedral Cove was not busy, like I have heard it can be in Summer. We were unable to park at the top of the Beach (as the parking is closed during spring and summer), where there is access to Cathedral Cove. This meant we either had to park at the bottom and shuttle up. Or you could have walked up. However, we found a lovely lady who was doing $10 parking a day to park on her front lawn, which we thought was a fantastic idea. The walk to the beach itself is all up or downhill and is rather long. It took us approximately 45 – 60 minutes. During the walk, there are many viewing platforms and history/information about Cathedral Cove.
Again, because it was Spring, the beach was not that busy and we were able to find a spot and park up for the day. Be sure to take some snacks or a picnic as there is not much close to the beach. I could imagine it would be even more beautiful in summer when the sea is warm enough to swim in.
Written by: Ella Caunter