Cathedral Cove is located at Hahei, just 10minutes drive from the famous Hot Water Beach. Foot access to Cathedral Cove starts at the top of Grange Road. Parking is at the Visitor Car Park on Pa Road (turn right just after entering Hahei).
During the summer months a shuttle service runs from the visitor car park on Pa Road to the start of the Cathedral Cove track. Alternatively you can walk from the car park around the beach to the start of the track which will take an extra 20mins. It is here that you can also access Gemstone Bay and Mares Leg.
Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve, Te Whanganui- A-Hei, covers 9 square kilometres and is New Zealand’s sixth marine reserve. It is administered by the Department of Conservation. 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). It is said that he made this claim near the present day site of Hahei. 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.
Driving Creek Railway and Potteries
New Zealand’s only narrow-gauge mountain railway travels through regenerating native forest with pottery sculptures lining the track This train ride is one of the most popular in New Zealand. Enjoy a 1 hour return trip on this scenic narrow gauge mountain railway. Travel through regenerating and replanted native kauri forest where unique pottery sculptures line the track. The train includes 2 spirals, 3 short tunnels, 5 reversing points and several large viaducts as it climbs up the hill to the Eyefull Tower.
At the top there are panoramic views out over the island-studded Hauraki Gulf. Before your return trip your driver will explain about the man who originally built the railway to bring clay to his potteries and wood to fire the kilns. As well as browsing the pottery complex (under reconstruction 2016 -2017) you may also want to spend some time in the craft shop viewing the finished works for sale.
There is also a selection of well-researched material on local history and ecology as well as a variety of souvenirs for sale. Suitable for all ages and weather conditions.
Lost Spring Thermal Pools & Day Spa
Rapaura water gardens
The Martha project was the first major hard rock mining operation to be commissioned following the resurgence of the gold mining industry in New Zealand in the late 1970s. The Martha Mine is situated in the Waihi township, and the processing plant, waste rock embankments, water treatment plant and Favona Mine are located two kilometres away in a rural area. Because of its location, Waihi mining operations have received a high level of public scrutiny. This is reflected by the stringent conditions set for the projects.
Journey to Whitianga, New Zealand’s Geo-Thermal Ocean village. There you will discover The Lost Spring; a perfect retreat for you and your special someone. Come and indulge in an oasis outside the real world. Discover a paradise where our 16,000 year old mineral water springs from 667 meters below ground to emerge pure and sterile, soaking away the everyday.
Rapaura is an example of man in harmony with nature. Abundant native bush and ferns, birds (Tuis, Fantails, Silver Eyes and Wood Pigeons), meandering walks over bridges and streams and a bush walk to a cascading waterfall. There are seasonal displays of native and exotic flowers. Irises and Bog plants in spring, Azaleas and Rhododendrons followed by Orchids, Begonias, Hydrangeas and Water Lilies from November to April. All interspersed with garden art