The Beach Guide

Cathedral Cove (Te Whanganui-A-Hei)

Cathedral Cove is considered by many to be the gem of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is quite an accolade given the stunning landscapes here. Set amongst the lush rolling landscape of the Coromandel Cathedral Cove is a small sandy beach backed by cliffs of white volcanic rock. At one end of the beach stands a towering sea stack of the same white rock, and like the cliffs small trees cling to it where they can. This huge rock is named “Te Hoho” but it is the enormous natural archway at the southern end of the beach that gives the cove its name. This cave forms a tunnel through the white cliffs to the adjacent Mare’s Leg cove and was one of the locations used in the Chronicles of Narnia movies.

Cathedral Cove is part of the Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve which features a snorkel trail where you can see sponge gardens, reef systems and a variety of marine life. There are also some great walks around the cove too; Stingray and Gemstone bays are both just a few minutes walk away and also worth a look.

Nearest city

Whitianga

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Cathedral Cove Weather Info

Current weather (Mon Feb 24th 12:00)

Clear sky

(Clear sky)
18°C / 64°F

Sea temperature
21.8°C
71.2°F
Wind SSE
Rain 0.0mm
Sunrise 07:12
Sunset 19:14
Current weather

Week weather forecast

Mon 24th
Fair 21°C / 70°F SSE

9 mph
14 km/h

Tue 25th
Fair 23°C / 73°F SSE

10 mph
15 km/h

Wed 26th
Rain showers 25°C / 77°F ESE

7 mph
11 km/h

Thu 27th
Partly cloudy 26°C / 79°F NE

5 mph
9 km/h

Fri 28th
Rain showers 25°C / 77°F NW

6 mph
9 km/h

Sat 29th
Partly cloudy 25°C / 77°F WSW

9 mph
15 km/h

5 Day Cathedral Cove UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Cathedral Cove tide times & sea state

  • Mon 24/02 »
    Surf report for Mon 24/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 23mph
    13:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 18mph
    19:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 15mph
    Tide times
    Low 3:22am (0.50m)
    High 9:40am (1.96m)
    Low 3:52pm (0.50m)
    High 9:54pm (1.87m)
    Daylight
    First light06:29
    Sunrise06:56
    Sunset20:04
    Dark20:30
  • Tue 25/02 »
    Surf report for Tue 25/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 12mph
    13:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 7mph
    19:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 6mph
    Tide times
    Low 4:04am (0.49m)
    High 10:20am (1.93m)
    Low 4:32pm (0.48m)
    High 10:33pm (1.86m)
    Daylight
    First light06:30
    Sunrise06:57
    Sunset20:02
    Dark20:29
  • Wed 26/02 »
    Surf report for Wed 26/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 11mph
    13:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 14mph
    19:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 15mph
    Tide times
    Low 4:42am (0.49m)
    High 11:00am (1.91m)
    Low 5:11pm (0.47m)
    High 11:10pm (1.84m)
    Daylight
    First light06:31
    Sunrise06:58
    Sunset20:01
    Dark20:27
  • Thu 27/02 »
    Surf report for Thu 27/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 16mph
    13:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 14mph
    19:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 12mph
    Tide times
    Low 5:20am (0.50m)
    High 11:40am (1.89m)
    Low 5:49pm (0.47m)
    High 11:49pm (1.82m)
    Daylight
    First light06:32
    Sunrise06:59
    Sunset20:00
    Dark20:26
  • Fri 28/02 »
    Surf report for Fri 28/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    7:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 18mph
    13:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 19mph
    19:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 19mph
    Tide times
    Low 5:58am (0.54m)
    High 12:19pm (1.87m)
    Low 6:27pm (0.50m)
    Daylight
    First light06:33
    Sunrise07:00
    Sunset19:58
    Dark20:25
  • Sat 29/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 29/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    4:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 20mph
    10:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 12mph
    16:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 14mph
    Tide times
    High 12:30am (1.81m)
    Low 6:37am (0.59m)
    High 12:58pm (1.84m)
    Low 7:06pm (0.53m)
    Daylight
    First light06:34
    Sunrise07:01
    Sunset19:57
    Dark20:23

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