Cathedral Cove

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  • Address: Cathedral Cove, 3591, New Zealand, Whitianga
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Water Sport, Neighborhoods , Nature, Scuba, Snorkeling

Cathedral Cove - Review

Cathedral Cove is one of the most stunning Sights to be seen in Whitianga. This incredibly lovely area is full of blue waters, lovely caves and a serene lovely and wonderful surrounding. The whole area has been put under the protection of a reserve due to its unique beauty and natural wealth.

There is a lot to do and see here. The cathedral Cove, the Stingray Bay and the Gemstone Bay together form this picturesque surrounding that his home to a plethora of activities like snorkeling, diving, water sports and so many more.

Whether you take a cruise around the waters or not, the area should definitely be viewed from land. The pristine green, blue and beige in all their wild glory are a once in a life time experience.

How To reach Cathedral Cove by Public Transport

  • Local Shuttle Services

Restaurants Near Cathedral Cove

  • Salt Restaurant & Bar
  • Wild Hogs Restaurant & Bar
  • The Church Accommodation and Restaurant

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TripHobo Highlights for Cathedral Cove

  • Cathedral Cove Address: Cathedral Cove, 3591, New Zealand, Whitianga
  • Cathedral Cove Timing: 24-hrs
  • Cathedral Cove Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Cathedral Cove(preferred time): 10:00 am - 08:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Cathedral Cove: 02:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Cathedral Cove

  • 95% of people who visit Whitianga include Cathedral Cove in their plan

  • 37.88% of people start their Cathedral Cove visit around 12 PM - 1 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Cathedral Cove

Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday

93.43% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Cathedral Cove

People normally club together Whiti Farm Park and Hot Water Beach while planning their visit to Cathedral Cove.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Cathedral Cove, Whitianga Reviews

  • We went at sunrise and it was fantastic. Got a bit wet running into some of the caves but it was extremely pretty and a great walk through the trees and plants. Beware of the travel magazine photographers here though, they dampen the experience by sprinting around and being rude to people attempting to get the best shots, don't bother moving out of their shoots when they yell at you because I don't think they own the beach xx

  • Stunning piece of nature by the water. Half hour walk from carpark through a beautiful forested area, and greeted by crystal clear clean water on the beach. The rock formation you can walk through is an incredible experience with fantastic photo opportunity. Got up before sunrise to arrive at the cove when the sun came up and with only 3 other people here, it was a magical experience. Recommend a visit to this miracle by nature before it cracks and collapses :(

  • One of the best/beautiful free places to visit in New Zealand! You won't be able to park close, but there is a lot about 10 minutes away from the trail you can park for free. Be prepared for an hour hike to the cove, and then an hour back though. Give it 3 hours total hiking to be safe. It's a long hike, but not a steep one compared to a few other attractions. Go here best before the sunset for less tourists and better lighting for photos. Well worth it!

  • Walk through the famous rock archway no matter what the tide. Safe swimming beach to swim in the clear waters and jump off the surrounding rocks. Very busy from December to March. Only accessible by a 40min walk or by boat. A concrete path leads the entire way from the Cathedral Cove Carpark. Parking available at the start of the track in the winter months but is only a drop off point in the summer months.

  • Top ten place to visit. Worth the walk to see this iconic film set. Parking can be a problem and the shuttle bus up to the start of the walk can be a bit expensive, BUT, the locals have caught on to this and along the road up to the car park many residents are selling parking on their driveways and in their gardens for just a few dollars. So drive up, early, pick out your parking spot, drop off the family in the car park, park up with your new best friend and away you go.

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