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.
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