Yes, you do have to go by water to land in this magical place, (the walking tracks are closed for now) but that has always been the best way to get there. We suggest you book a guided tour that will take through the dramatic scenery of the Pacific Coastline, including the Orua Sea Cave, Champagne Rocks and the Wai Ora Ana Blow Hole (if the tide is right).
Boat Tours operate from the Whitianga Wharf and Ferry Landing. You can also do a 1-hour boat tour or 3-hour kayak tour from Hahei Beach. Tours offer an immersive insight into the history and fascinating geology of this coast, formed by volcanic activity a long time ago. You also have the chance to see marine wildlife such as whales, dolphins, seals and penguins.
SAFETY: There is a risk of rockfalls so please stay away from the cliffs and out of the cathedral arch, and obey all warning signs.
Cathedral Cove beach is only patrolled part time by Surf Life Saving NZ in the summer months. Always swim between the flags. Beware of dangerous conditions. Check our local patrolled beaches https://www.safeswim.org.nz/