Stolen view at Cathedral Cove - March 2012 - NZ Photo Contest

by Peter O'Carroll

Stolen view at Cathedral Cove

Stolen view at Cathedral Cove

My first time in Coromandel we set off to Cathedral Cove for the day, as my friends son ran down the beach i snapped away using only my iphone.

It was only later that day that i realised two sneaky gulls stole the shot, one in the foreground and one in the back ground.


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Cathedral Cove on Coromandel Peninsula

On the east coast of Coromandel Peninsula lies the Cathedral Cove in midst a 9 square kilometre Marine Reserve. The land was given by Vaughan and his wife Doreen Harsant in the 1980’s since the early 90’s the area is overseen by the Department of Conservation.

The Cove with its white sandy beach behind is accessible by land or by sea. A track towards the natural scenic highlight starts at the Cove’s car park or via Hahei Beach car park where 30 minutes walking time should be added one way towards the 2hrs return. The track passes by Gemstone Bay and Sting Ray Bay to reach Mares Leg Cove and the entrance to Cathedral Cove. At Gemstone Bay a snorkelling trail is guided by buoys with illustrations of the marine life found below the water surface.

Coromandel is just about 1-2 hours drive away from Auckland City and a well known recreational destination that offers a wide variety of activities. Amongst them are walks, multi day tramps, horse riding, off road driving or cycling, snorkelling, diving, fishing and canoeing. Places to stay are basic DoC Campsites or huts, farm stays. Find fully equipped campgrounds, vacation rentals, Bed and Breakfasts and lodges on the peninsula!
A detailed up to date description about the area and Cathedral Cove can be found on the website of the Department of Conservation.

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