From the north end of the beach, an hour-long walking track leads along the cliff and then descends into the cove. Here a gigantic arched cavern passes through a promontory of white rock to join two secluded coves.
Just off the beach at Cathedral Cove is a large pumice stone gap pinnacle known as 'Te Hoho'. Over the centuries, this has been sculpted by wind and water; now it looks like the prow of a large ship slipping onto the beach.
During the summer months, a shuttle runs from the visitor parking lot on Pa Road to the head of the Cathedral Cove trail. It is recommended that all visitors to Hahei Beach and Cathedral Cove use this car park. A third car park is open during the summer months on Lees Road.
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