Hahei is the gateway to famous Cathedral Cove, home to a beautiful limestone rock arch that separates two white sand beaches. At the southern end of Hahei beach, the Te Pare historic reserve is the site of an ancient Maori pa (fortified village).
Fishing and BoatingHahei is safe beach and it’s known for the classic tractors launching boats from the beach as well as the kayaks lined up ready to explore the marine reserve – Whanganui-a-Hei - leading to Cathedral Cove.
Walks in the areaCathedral Cove is now accessible in 3 ways, excluding summer parking at the beginning of the walk.
- Park at the entrance of Hahei and catch a bus to the start of the walk.
- Walk to Cathedral Cove via Hahei Beach where you will find the beginning of the walk at the Pohutakawa trees.
- Drive to the Lees Rd carpark and walk on this newly developed path
Stella Evered Memorial ReserveDrive to the end of Lees Rd to the Stella Evered Memorial Reserve where you will find beautiful views of the Purangi, Cooks Beach and Shakespeares Cliff. The path leads down to a comfortable walk to the Purangi River.
Things To Do In Hahei
Snorkelling at Gemstone Bay (on the path to Cathedral Cove) is an awesome experience as it lies within in the marine reserve and the sea life is abundant. If you are not comfortable in the water take one of the many boat cruises from Whitianga to Cathedral Cove.
All the bays towards Cathedral Cove are within walking distance to Hahei village where on return you can grab some cake, coffee, a pizza or a delicious ice cream.