Explore Hahei, Coromandel, New Zealand



New Zealand 3591

Quick Facts

The place of Hei
30 - 40 min (35 km) from Whitianga
2 hr 15 min (175 km) from Auckland
Population (2018):
Around 300 permanent residents
Hahei, Coromandel, New Zealand

Stunning beaches, marine reserve and the iconic Cathedral Cove.

Hahei is a small settlement and a well-known tourist attraction for it’s beautiful sandy beaches like the famous Cathedral Cove.

An amazing coastline offering fantastic scenic views, recreational places for people to interact with nature like the Hahei Marine Reserve – Te Whanganui-A-Hei which covers nine square kilometres and is administered by the Department of Conservation.

The site was chosen for a marine reserve because of the abundance and varied sea life associated with the Coastline and outlying islands. The intricate caves and underwater arches offer excellent diving and snorkelling. As does Gemstone Bay where you can enjoy the snorkel trail designed for snorkelling novices to the more experienced.

If you like
please share it!

Help get the
word out!


Swap Start/End
Cathedral Cove walking track

Cathedral Cove Walking Track

Famous Cathedral Cove is one of the “must visit” places near Whitianga.

Follow the signposted walkway which starts at the top of Grange Road. Note that from October to the end of April, the Grange Road car park is designated as drop-off only. Visitors should park at the Visitor Car Park at the entrance to Hahei and then either walk from there or take the shuttle bus.

distance icon
2.5 km
stopwatch icon
1.5 HR return
gauge icon

Transport Options to Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove Water Taxi

Leaves from the beach in front of Hahei carpark to Cathedral Cove every 30 minutes. Look for yellow and black flags which mark the pick up and drop off points. Note the taxi does not operate during rough weather.

Cathedral Cove Kayak

Provides a variety of sea kayaking tour options to paddle to Cathedral Cove.

Useful Visitor Information

Local Tips for Hahei

VW Combi van icon with surfboard on roof

Getting to Hahei

You can get to Hahei by car following SH25, near Whenuakite there is a major intersection which is well sign posted which will take you directly to Hahei.
View in map.

Sign post icon

Must do

  • Pack a backpack with all of your beach essentials and take a magnificent walk to Cathedral Cove. You can take a detour along the way and visit Stingray Bay (20 minutes one way).
  • The intricate caves and underwater arches in the Te Whanganui a Hei Marine Reserve offer excellent diving and snorkelling. At Gemstone Bay you can enjoy the snorkel trail which is designed for all snorkelling abilities from novices to the experienced.
  • The annual April Hahei Tractor Bash has family fun activities including an impressive tractor parade. Set yourself up with a beach towel on Hahei Beach for the day and enjoy some unique beach time.
Anchor icon

Hahei beach boat ramp

Accessible by tractor from Wigmore Crescent and trailer parking close by – note this ramp is swell dependent.

Parking sign icon

Parking Areas

  • Parking is at the Visitor Car Park on Pa Road, on the right as you enter Hahei.
  • During the summer period a shuttle service runs from the free visitor car park on Pa Road to the start of the Cathedral Cove track. Alternatively walk to the start of the track which will add an extra 25 minutes from the car park around the beach.
Surfer board and wetsuit icon

Things to do with kids

If you need an alternative from beach activities, Hahei Village Green playground including a basketball hoop is the perfect port of call adjacent to cafes, ice cream shops and a tennis court.

Water icon


Check the low tide times before setting out – you need low tide to dig your hot pool.

Download and print our Tides PDF file for local tide times. It can be used for Hot Water Beach low tides throughout the whole year, to plan your soak in the pools months ahead of arrival.

Double bed icon

Where to stay

Renting a bach is a popular way of enjoying a stay at Hahei.

Ice cream icon

Where to get supplies

The Hahei General Store is a one-stop shop for ice creams, everyday items, petrol and local advice.

Restroom sign icon

Public Toilets (restrooms)

  • Village Green Toilets
    Hahei Beach Road.
  • Beach Toilets
    Hahei Beach Road.
  • Wigmore Stream Toilets
    Pa Road.
  • Kotare Reserve Toilets
    Pa Road (for sports events only).
  • Hahei Visitor Carpark Toilets
    20 Pa Road.
  • Cathedral Cove Carpark Toilets
    Grange Road.
Caravan icon

Waste Dumping Stations

  • Hahei Holiday Resort.
  • Hot Water Beach Holiday Park.
Local Tips

Next Events in Mercury Bay

Live music this weekend at the Whitianga Hotel & Blacksmith Bar. Come along and en...
Event Date
May 27, 2022 - 8:30pm
A Drag Extravaganza is coming to Whitianga! We don't mean cars, we mean showgirls ...
Event Date
May 28, 2022 - 7:30pm to 10:00pm
This Queen's Birthday weekend the Whitianga Lions Club are holding an Art Expo Fun...
Event Date
June 03, 2022
A unique exhibition in Coromandel Town, featuring local works from Queens Birthday...
Event Date
June 04, 2022
What's on

Latest Whitianga & Mercury Bay News

Kat Neilson-Jones
May 25, 2022
The Thames Coromandel District Council has today announced the appointment of a ne...
Cathy Klouwens
May 24, 2022
Vintage inspired vocals trio, The Madeleines are all set to transport you back to ...
Kat Neilson-Jones
May 10, 2022
The national free breast screening programme, BreastScreen Aotearoa, mobile servic...
Cathy Klouwens
April 28, 2022
We've partnered with the team at Mercury Twin Cinemas to bring you two awesome pri...
Whitianga's popular online newspaper
Explore more of
The Coromandel
Quick facts, local tips and photos to plan a road trip to remember.
Adding markers to the map ...

A big thanks to local photographer Dmitri from Fern Vision, for supplying epic Coromandel Peninsula photography.

All About New Zealand © 2013–
All rights reserved