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

  • 56.25% of people start their Cathedral Cove visit around 12 PM - 1 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Cathedral Cove

Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

90.32% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Cathedral Cove

People normally club together Cathedral Cove Public Carpark 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

  • A spectacular cove with amazing rock features. Great place for photos! As usual, it's best to visit on a clear day. The parking situation is iffy - there is a park n ride service that can get you to the lookout high is about halfway along the walk from Hahei beach but it does cost you a bit. Parking can be found near the store or at the beach itself, but they can get crowded very quickly. So you might need to park and the park n ride, but if you're short on cash, it's just a bit of a longer walk. The walk from the Hahei beach carpark is relatively smooth, but it does have several ascents and descents and several steep sections. So be prepared for a longer walk if you are slower. Cathedral cove itself can be quite busy, so for a quieter swim or sit on the beach, check out stingray bay and gemstone bay which are very short detours off the trail. They are quieter and also very beautiful.

  • Pleasantly surprised at the path all the way to the stairs leading down to the cove. Definitely an easy walk, so didn't need my hiking boots. It read lovely to see the colors in the flowering trees and the moss covered stones along the pathway. It's a shame so many tourists like to take selfies as the natural beauty of the Cove is cluttered with humans. The colours and configurations of the rocks was amazing and tells the story of nature and its forces.

  • Spectacular natural cave. Very good pathway to Cathedral Cove that only has stairs for the last section. Path goes up and down as you traverse the other coves. The path is very even which makes for an easy journey. Mid week visit in a full day meant we could get a park in the top carpark. The views from here are spectacular as well. Will have to come back on a warmer sunny day.

  • Excellent hike- not too challenging, though there are lots of stairs just before the beach. Beautiful views of the sea and takes hikers through native nz bush. Very enjoyable, despite large crowds.

  • Go early and beat the crowds. Shuttle from parking 5 nzd per person return. 30-45 min walk one way from drop off. Beautiful beach. Bring swimwear.

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Cathedral cove
  • Local shuttle service. How do we book it. Where do we catch it from and the price please. Thank you

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    • Check this out to know about the local transportation modes in Whitianga, New Zealand. Also, it is recommended that you search online for the local shuttle services, offered in Whitianga.  

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