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Hahei - The perfect place to stay and explore the stunning Coromandel Peninsula.

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Hahei, one of New Zealand’s most stunning beaches with pink sands and sheltered turquoise waters is home to the world famous Cathedral Cove with its magnificent rock archway joining two stunning white sand beaches. Cathedral Cove is accessed from Hahei Beach by a scenic coastal walk with breath taking views into the ‘Te Whanganui-A-Hei’ marine reserve . It is also accessible by guided kayak tour, boat tour or water taxi. The abundance of sea life and dramatic volcanic coastline make this region an excellent place for under and on sea adventures.

Hot Water Beach is one of New Zealand’s most famous natural geothermal wonders. At low tide a fresh water hot spring becomes accessible on the sands of Hot Water Beach. Grab one of our free spades and head out to dig yourself a hot pool and relax in a truly unique setting. If solitude is more your thing, you can enjoy a leisurely walk along this beautiful beach.

 

A little further afield are the beaches of Cooks Beach, Lonely Bay and Flaxmill Bay. Linked by an easy scenic bush walk around the prominent Shakespeare’s Cliff, they offer sheltered waters, fantastic views and the opportunity to get a bit further away from it all. If you’re looking for a full day adventure be sure to ask us about New Chums Beach, Coromandel town and the 309 waterfalls and Kauri Grove walk.

 

For even more of our Coromandel favourites, check out our interactive map below.

 

Local Activities

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Cathedral Cove Dive

Scuba Diving and Snorkel Boat Trips in and around Cathedral Cove, Hahei, Coromandel, New Zealand, at its best. The PADI Dive Centre at beautiful Hahei Beach, only just over 2 hours drive from South Auckland. Situated at the base of Cathedral Cove and only 5 minutes to Hot Water Beach, Hahei offers Scuba Diving & Snorkelling trips both within the stunning Marine Reserve plus the outer islands, pinnacles and volcanic coastline outside of the Marine Reserve boundaries.


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CC Kayak Tours

The Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve opens up a sea kayaking paradise full of beaches, islands and rock gardens that are just waiting to be explored. Paddle through sea caves, interact with the local marine life and discover the thrill of kayak sailing with the wind on your back. The tour offers great photo opportunities and is topped off with cappuccinos, hot chocolates and cookies at Cathedral Cove!


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Ocean Leopard Tours

Based in Whitianga, Coromandel our scenic boat cruises showcase Mercury Bay’s stunning coastal paradise. We’ll take you on a journey to explore beautiful beaches like Hahei and Lonely Bay, as well as the Te Whanganui a Hei Marine Reserve. You’ll see towering rock pinnacles, volcanic blow holes, abundant marine life, huge sea caves and of course, the world famous Cathedral Cove. Ocean Leopard Tours departs daily from Whitianga and Ferry Landing.


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Hahei Explorer

Overseas visitors and Kiwis alike are discovering the adventure of our unique boat tour operating within the Cathedral Cove marine reserve on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula, at Hahei, only 10 minutes drive from Hot Water Beach. The Hahei Explorer is the original Cathedral Cove boat tour to Hahei’s marine reserve, stunning volcanic coastline and magnificent sea caves.


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The Lost Spring

Journey to Whitianga, New Zealand’s geothermal ocean village. There you will discover The Lost Spring; a perfect retreat for you and your special someone. Come and indulge in an oasis outside the real world. Discover a paradise where our 16,000 year old mineral water springs from 667 meters below ground to emerge pure and sterile, soaking away the everyday. Indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment, losing yourself amongst the sound of flowing water and birdsong that fills the lush native bush surrounding you. Enjoy all day dining in our historic school house restaurant, on our beach deck or poolside. The Lost Spring is that perfect retreat for anyone seeking some magic in their lives. We invite you to indulge yourselves.


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Hahei Beach Bikes

Being centralised in Hahei, we offer eco-friendly transportation that enables riders to see/feel/smell our beautiful country side. Check out our local breweries, wineries, cafés, beaches, and historical points of interest, all at your own pace. Front suspension, disk brakes and a range of sizes from small to large will accommodate all riders. All bike hires come with a helmet, bike lock and a map of the local area with key points of interest. Bikes are equipped with a Pannier Rack for extra storage space and an optional spade to dig a hot pool at Hot Water Beach.


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Cathedral Cove Water Taxi

Hahei to Cathedral Cove in 10 minutes! Pick-up & drop-off every 30 minutes from Hahei or Cathedral Cove! The Water Taxi departs in front of the main carpark on the Hahei Beach front. For the pick up and drop off point, look for the big yellow & black flags on the beach. For today's operation status & departure times please phone 027 919 0563 for an automated message or see what's going on today on our live facebook feed.


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Cathedral Cove

One of the must-do’s of the Coromandel and accessible by foot, boat or kayak. The coastal scenic walk takes about 1.25 hours from The Church Accommodation and passes by the beautiful little coves of Gemstone Bay and Stingray Bay, before reaching the magnificent archway of Cathedral Cove. We also recommend taking in the expansive coastline views from the Cathedral Cove viewing platform- look out for the signpost before you reach Cathedral Cove.


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New Chum Beach

Accessible only by foot from the small coastal village of Whangapoua, New Chum Beach is a stunning stretch of golden sand fringed by pohutukawas and native forest. The walk begins at the northern end of Whangapoua beach and skirts the coastline before a short climb over the headland in to the nikau grove. Often deserted, New Chum Beach is the perfect place to get away from it all and really experience the Coromandel.


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Hot Water Beach

This world famous attraction needs to be visited during the low tide. Be sure to ask when you check in for the best time to visit during your stay. We have shovels and beach towels for you to use while you are here with us at The Church and will also give you some strategic advice on how to get the best out of your hot pool. If the low tides coincide with sunrise, we highly recommend getting out of bed early to watch the day break from the comfort of your own natural hot pool.


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The Pinnacles

This spectacular walk is accessed from the west coast of the Coromandel Peninsula via the Kauaeranga Valley and traverses through groves of nikau palms, huge rata trees, and across streams and swingbridges, to the base of the craggy Pinnacles. From here is a steep climb to the summit and expansive views over the Coromandel range, to both coasts of the peninsula. This walk can be done in one day, you should allow about 6-8 hours to do the return trip. If you would rather split it over 2 days, and catch sunrise from the summit, there is an 80 bed DOC hut at the base of the Pinnacles, bookings are essential.


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Mercury Bay Estate

Mercury Bay Estate is a boutique, family owned vineyard and winery. Our aim is to produce Coromandel’s finest wines using sustainable means. We wish to share these wines with local food to both locals and visitors to the region in our relaxed and family friendly vineyard and cellar door setting. We offer a cellar door & restaurant where locals and tourists can come and relax and enjoy the beauty we are so fortunately surrounded by, while tasting some of our wines, together with platters of local food.


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Our favourite activities in the Coromandel

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We pride ourselves on our local knowledge – from stunning beaches to great places to eat. The customised map below shows you some of our favourites. Have a look and begin planning your adventure!