Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve

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Cathedral Cove Marine Reserve, Te Whanganui- A-Hei, covers 9 square kilometres and is New Zealand’s sixth marine reserve. This site was chosen for a marine reserve because of the rich and varied habitats associated with the coastline and outlying islands. Reefs of hard rock, soft sediments, intricate caves and underwater arches provide homes for complex communities of plants, crustaceans, molluscs and fish. Sheltered from the worst of the southerly winds Te Whanganui-A-Hei gives visitors an opportunity to learn from and enjoy an unspoilt marine environment. Accessible only on foot, boat or kayak, the famous Cathedral Cove is one of the “must visit” sites on the Coromandel Peninsula. The coastal walk into Cathedral Cove is spectacular, but perhaps the best way to explore the breath-taking coastline of the reserve is by kayak. The striking limestone cliffs, superb volcanic coastline, clear water and abundant marine life of Hahei’s marine reserve blend to create New Zealand’s best kayaking trip. Along the way your guides will take you kayaking through limestone archways, into sea caves and will even serve up a café quality cappuccino for you on the beach! The area is rich in stories from the many navigators who first discovered the Mercury Bay, like Cook, Kupe and Hei who the marine reserve is name after.
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