Beautiful Cathedral Cove, with its famous gigantic stone arch and natural waterfall shower, is best enjoyed early or late in the day – avoiding the worst of the hordes. At the time of research the arch was roped off due to rock falls, but it's still worth taking the coastal walk to the cove regardless.
At the car park, a kilometre north of Hahei, the signs suggest that the walk will take 45 minutes, but anyone who’s not on a ventilator will do it in 30. On the way there’s rocky Gemstone Bay (which has a snorkelling trail where you’re likely to see big snapper, crayfish and stingrays) and sandy Stingray Bay . The walk from Hahei Beach to Cathedral Cove takes about 70 minutes.