Cathedral Cove Walk is closed due to storm damage. See the Cove in summer 2023-24 by sea-based experiences only. For new walking tracks and more information visit Department of Conservation(opens in new window).

1.5 Hrs 2.5 km (return)


  • Stunning natural rock arches and caves
  • Beautiful sandy beaches
  • Gemstone and Stingray Bays



Take care around cliffs in case of rockfalls.

Explore the spectacular Coromandel coastline as you walk to Gemstone and Stingray Bays and the famous Cathedral Cove.

Follow the well-graded path as it follows the headland from Hahei and begins descending steadily into the Gemstone Bay valley.

A side loop track takes you through a grove of native puriri tree before rejoining the main trail.

From here the track leads you out of the valley and upwards to the track's highpoint. Views of offshore islands make for a perfect rest spot.

Journey across pasture, scrubland and a pine forest where native shrubs compete in the undergrowth. Descend down to the water, where you can walk through a majestic natural rock arch that joins the two sandy beaches of Cathedral Cove.

Alternative routes

  • Gemstone and Stingray Bay: Side tracks lead down to the bays where you will find great spots for snorkelling and swimming, including a sea cave to explore.
  • Hahei Western End: For a longer walk, follow the track from the western end of Hahei. Connect to the Cathedral Cove track at the carpark. Allow an extra 20–30 mins. 

Department of Conservation

Click the link below for more information and detailed maps about this hike.

Cathedral Cove Walk(opens in new window)

More information

Cathedral Cove Walk is closed but local tour operators are taking visitors to see Cathedral Cove by boat. Visitors are advised not to disembark due to the risk of rockfall and landslides.

Please check the Department of Conservation website before planning a trip.

Please note there are no toilets on Cathedral Cove beach.

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