CATHEDRAL COVE & HOT WATER BEACH DAY TOUR
The Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach Day Tour takes 5.5 hours and costs $69 for adults and $49 for children, or $199 for a family
Departure times depend upon low tide times at Hot Water Beach.
The day tour either departs from Ferry Landing (short ferry ride from Whitianga) and returns to Whitianga iSite; or departs from Whitianga iSite and returns you to Ferry Landing. Details for your day will be in your emailed booking confirmation.
Commences 1st October 2019
Please note that ferry fares are not included in day tour cost, you can purchase these tickets on board the ferry.
The stunning natural wonders of Cathedral Cove await you!
Right from the start of the walk to Cathedral Cove there are panoramic views of Mercury Bay and Te Whanganui A Hei Marine Reserve. It’s a 45 minute walk to Cathedral Cove, along the way there are photo opportunities with dramatic views of spectacular coastal scenery.
The first side track you come to is to Gemstone Bay, just a few minutes walk to a boulder bay where you can snorkel or swim following the snorkel trail.
The next side track brings you to Stingray Bay, with it’s white sand beach, and majestic cliffs. Look out for stingray feeding.
A side loop track after Stingray Bay takes you through a grove of native puriri tree before rejoining the main trail.
At the Cove itself you can swim in either of the two sandy beaches, accessed via a majestic natural rock arch, the Cathedral itself. Do not forget your camera! These beaches are fun for swimming and jumping off the rock island is very popular.
NGATI HEI / HISTORY OF CATHEDRAL COVE
Te Whanganui-A-Hei is part of a special area first claimed by Hei, a Tauira (teacher/skilled person) from the waka Te Arawa, some time around 1350 AD.
On a northbound voyage from the Bay of Plenty to Hauraki, Hei chose the area around Mercury Bay to settle with his people. He proclaimed ownership by referring to Motueka Island as “Te kuraetangao-taku-Ihu” (the outward curve of my nose).
Hei’s descendants still retain a strong ancestral and spiritual attachment to the area and continue their role of kaitiaki (guardians) of the bountiful resources within it.
HOT WATER BEACH
Hot Water Beach is best visited 2 hours either side of low tide, and our Day Tour is tailored to this.
At Hot Water Beach grab a spade (provided) and head towards Hot Rock, where you can dig yourself your own thermally heated spa. It doesn't matter what the weather is doing - the underground spring always provides hot water, up to 64 degrees celsius, you can even boil an egg!
Hot Water Beach has rolling surf, craggy rocks and a huge view of blue ocean with scattered islands in the distance.