My Favourite Walk: Walk to Cathedralk Cove, Coromandel
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.