Cathedral Cove, WhitiangaCurrently Open
- Address: Cathedral Cove, 3591, New Zealand, Whitianga
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Water Sport, Neighborhoods , Nature, Scuba, Snorkeling
About Cathedral Cove, Whitianga
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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Cathedral Cove, Whitianga Reviews
Nice beach and the surrounding area. The walk from the town centre takes about 1.5 hours, but there's a possibility to get a shuttle to a closer point (about 20 min each way). The hike is not too difficult but to gain access to the cove it's best to check for the tides. The currents can be strong.
A pleasant 45-minute walk leads to a huge rock arch vaulting over part of the beach. It's definitely a unique landmark! Bring your bathers because there's plenty of space for a swim. It's rather touristy and busy, but that's understandable. There are toilets at the beach btw. On the way back, just as you leave the forest and go into the fields, there is a small (signed) path leading off on the right. This is a 20-minute walk towards a viewing platform that has almost no tourists and features beautiful views of the coastline. Most visitors seem to unknowingly skip it, but it's definitely worth the walk if you want good pictures!
A unique place which reminds me a fairytale paradise. Turquoise ocean, monumental white rocks, mysterious caves and all these small island around + sunny, hot summer day made me feel like on a foreign planet. Charming and beautiful place, good for sunbathing and taking a walk.
Very beautiful beach. The arch is amazing. Lovely place to swim and the water isn't crowded. The beach is full of people especially in season. Be prepared to take photos and have people in them. The water is lovely. There is a reef to snorkel at about 60m off the beach passed the big rock. The walk there takes you about 25 to 30 minutes. You can also take the water taxi from Hahei beach to the cove and you can also take it back. It costs 15$ (NZ) for one way. If you are walking rather park in town and catch a shuttle up to the place where you walk from as there is very limited parking. The shuttle is 5$ (NZ) for both ways.
Well worth the visit despite the trekking. Make sure you intend on a minimum 2 hours visit to rejuvenate for the trek back to your vehicle. There is vehicle access via a private farm which I hope the authorities will look into making arrangements for visitors to utilise and enjoy a very brief (10min or less) trek instead of the current.