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Cathedral Cove Track

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 224' 68 m
Descent: -494' -151 m
High: 274' 83 m
Low: 3' 1 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)

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Trail shared by Kristen McGlynn

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A short and easy hike to a unique beach, an impressive arch, and stunning limestone cliffs and sea stacks.

Kristen McGlynn

Features Swimming · Views

Family Friendly Kids will love exploring Cathedral Cove. Just keep in mind that the trail on the way out is primarily downhill so make sure they save some energy for the climb back out!

Description

The Cathedral Cove Track is a short, paved access trail for several picturesque beaches and bays including the popular Cathedral Cove. Keep in mind that this destination is very popular and the car park and trail can be extremely crowded during the busy season (summer).

The trail itself is a relatively easy downhill most of the way to Cathedral Cove. Along the way, short spur trails lead to Gemstone Bay (a nice option for a snorkel. Not really a beach, more of a rocky cove) and Stingray Cove (more of a beach where you can walk and take in the views of the limestone cliffs from their base). Past these spur trails, the Cathedral Cove Track climbs to a nice viewpoint before descending several sets of stairs to reach Cathedral Cove itself.

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Nov 25, 2019
N C
Nov 4, 2019
Jerry Steigleder
Park at the Hahei Visitor Carpark. Take a free shuttle to the trailhead. Enjoy an easy hike. You can take a shuttle back up until 6PM for $5, or walk 4.6mi — 1h 38m
Oct 24, 2019
Matt Hardgrove
Oct 6, 2019
Justin Pries
May 9, 2019
Ann B
Apr 12, 2019
Joey Altchech
Nov 6, 2018
Matt Schmitt
Beautiful day. Great views. AWESOME 2.2mi
Aug 24, 2018
John Cooper
Stunning at sunset

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The rock arch at Cathedral Cove Beach is quite a sight.
May 29, 2017 near Whitianga, NZ
There's a great viewpoint and spot for a picnic near the start of the Cathedral Cove Track.
May 29, 2017 near Whitianga, NZ
The white limestone cliffs of Cathedral Cove have been wave-sculpted into beautiful natural artwork.
May 29, 2017 near Whitianga, NZ

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