Visiting Cathedral Cove

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The Coromandel Peninsula, just a short drive from Auckland, is a haven of natural beauty. When planning our roadtrip here, I had plenty of beautiful places pinned to Google Maps!

Cathedral Cove is perhaps the most famous place in The Coromandel and for good reason. The walk to get there is brief and easy and the views along the way are delightful. When you reach the cove itself - most famous for being the filming location of Cair Paravel in Narnia - you'll be rewarded with stunning rock faces, pure white sand, lapping water in a sheltered cove and plenty of spots to get a bit of sun and take some beautiful photographs.

We tried a different style of photography here versus our usual landscape images; this spot was a great place to test out fashion photography for my new instagram @WhatJanaWore - check it out!

CATHEDRAL COVE HIKE DETAILS

When: year-round

Where: The Coromandel

Difficulty: easy

Length: 30-40 mins each way

Directions: park at the end of Grange Road in Hahei and follow the DOC signs along the very clear paved pathway to the beach (winter parking only; in summer you can only drop-off here and then must find parking in town)

Bathrooms: yes, at the car park

Public Transit: yes, shuttles are available here

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A goat bleated for us on the path to the beach!

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jana meerman cathedral cove new zealand (1)
jana meerman cathedral cove new zealand (1)
jana meerman cathedral cove new zealand (1)
jana meerman cathedral cove new zealand (1)
jana meerman cathedral cove new zealand (1)
jana meerman cathedral cove new zealand (1)
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