Rustic, relaxed and unspoiled, the Coromandel is one of New Zealand’s best-loved holiday destinations.
The rugged volcanic hills are cloaked in native rainforest, and more than 400 kilometres of spectacular coastline promises you can find the beach of your dreams. The Coromandel is a place where bush and beach are both easily accessible. In the same day, you can experience the blue dazzle of the Pacific Ocean and calming greenness of the kauri forest.
Hahei is an attractive beach fringed with pohutukawa and drifts of pink shells at the northern end. Offshore islands provide a breakwater for ideal swimming, boating and fishing.
To get to Cathedral Cove you will need to join a kayak tour!
The Cathedral is a gigantic arched cavern that penetrates the headland between two coves. It gives an air of grandeur to the whole of the beach.
Access through the archway is temporarily closed due to rock fall danger... The only way to safely access Cathedral Cove (the famous beach in the picture above) is by sea, and the easiest way to land on the beach.. is by sea kayak.
The headland is the site of an ancient Maori pa (fortified village). The beach is sandy with a pohutukawa backdrop - a perfect place for a picnic followed by a swim. Offshore a little way is a large pinnacle of pumice breccia known as "Te Hoho". Delicately sculptured by wind and water to form a most impressive and unusual sight, it looks a bit like the prow of a large ship steaming into the beach.
A guided kayaking trip will bring you to the white sands
and arches of Cathedral Cove. It’s an idyllic place to swim,
snorkel, sip on a cappuccino or simply relax under the pohutukawa trees.
Hot Water Beach
This beach lives up to
its name. For up to two hours either side of low tide, you can
create your own hot pool by digging into the sands. The hot
spring bubbling up through the sand is the legacy of an
exciting volcanic past. Only 5 mins drive from Hahei. We can help you plan your stay in the area, feel free to ask about tide times.. That way you can ensure that you experience the kayak tours & visit Hot Water Beach during your stay!
During your visit
Summer is the most popular time to visit the
Coromandel, especially for those who like underwater explorations.
The Department of Conservation has a marked snorkel trail in
Gemstone Bay. The large
snapper and oversized crayfish live permanently in these marine
reserve waters, and they're not afraid of people. Stingrays and
eagle rays are frequent visitors to the reserve in the summer
Dig your own pool at Hot Water Beach
photo: Tourism Coromandel