If you plan a detour on the Coromandel peninsula, do not miss the highlight of Cathedral Cove: a beautiful walk down to the beach, a huge arch and a pinnacle. Definitively worth the trip!
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Just a short drive from Auckland, the coromandel peninsula offers subtropical native forest, pristine beaches and interesting ocean features. I could have stayed my 2 whole weeks discovering it. But with only one day my visit focused on 2 of its highlights. One of which was Cathedral Cove, an isolated beach with a huge arch and a rocky pinnacle (and the other was hot water beach).
The Cathedral Cove walk
I really enjoyed the 45 min walk with coastal views and forest to reach the amazing sight of Cathedral Cove. It felt good to be back in nature, walk in a magnificent forest. The formations made by erosion are similar to a place I love near where I grew up called Etretat. But the fact that this one is so secluded, that you discover it after a walk like a ‘treasure hunt’, makes it very special.
At the end of the hike, you arrive on a first beach, which is has nothing special… until you turn around.
Cathedral Cove: The Arch
But then you turn around and there it is, the big Rock Arch and the ‘tower’!
Cathedral Cove: The pinnacle
And on the other side of the Arch is the pinnacle. Beautiful, ones and massive.
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