Cathedral Cove and Stingray Bay

Before departing the Coromandel Peninsula, we hiked down to the incredibly scenic Cathedral Cove.  The cliffs surrounding Cathedral Cove are composed of white ignimbrite, formed from a pyroclastic flow dated to about eight million years ago.  The cliffs are highly erodible and produce spectacular formations. They also pose a high rock fall danger.

Cathedral Cove is part of the Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve and is a popular diving, snorkeling, and sea kayaking area.

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Incredible colors on the hike down to Cathedral Cove.

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The massive passageway through the ignimbrite.

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Cathedral Cove through the tunnel.

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Incredible scenery at Cathedral Cove.

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What’s an idyllic beach without some natural hazards!?

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The beach on the other side of the Cove.

On the return hike, we stopped at the deserted Stingray Bay where we swam and explored the sea caves.  Cathedral Cove marked the end of our stay on the Coromandel Peninsula.  Next up, the temperate rainforest of Te Urewera National Park!

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Stingray Bay in the next cove over was deserted…We went for a swim and explored the large sea cave at the end of the headland.

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