My Favourite Walk: Walk to Cathe­dralk Cove, Coro­man­del

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - By To­nia Perry

Tem­pers were frayed on a hot sum­mer’s day in March this year. Un­for­tu­nately the carpark is far too small for the amount of peo­ple want­ing to take the walk to Cathe­dral Cove and this was not even school hol­i­days! It is worth per­se­ver­ing how­ever.

As Ki­wis we were def­i­nitely in the mi­nor­ity on this par­tic­u­lar day. There were so many tourists walk­ing the track to the Cove. It is now com­pletely sealed all the way.

What a beau­ti­ful scenic walk this is. Up and down and across the tops and up and down again with glo­ri­ous views of the sparkling wa­ter and is­lands out to sea.

The path is cov­ered on both sides with na­tive trees in parts and na­tive shrubs and bush in oth­ers. Across the top there is farm­land to ad­mire.

When we reached the end of the track and stepped down nu­mer­ous wooden steps to the beach what a won­der­ous sight was be­fore us. Golden sands and a rock through which you can walk,

if the tide is right, to the Cove on the other side.

The Cathe­dral rock is aptly named as once walk­ing through you re­alise its huge size and the enor­mous ceil­ing above you.

Back on the beach where you start the climb back up the wooden steps for the re­turn walk is a nat­u­ral wa­ter­fall tum­bling down from high above. It serves as a great shower to wash off the salt wa­ter af­ter swim­ming in the sea.

There is a drinks cart in the carpark at the be­gin­ning of the walk. How­ever it is ad­vis­able to take plenty of drink and food with you if you plan to stay all day down on the beach.

It is quite a walk so you are lim­ited as to how much you want to carry.

This re­ally is a lovely walk in a beau­ti­ful part of New Zealand - the Coro­man­del Penin­sula.

Above: Look­ing out over Gem­stone Bay.

Be­low: In­side Cathe­dral Cove. Op­po­site page top: Look­ing out from Cathe­dral Cove on to the Ha­hei Beach.

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