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. From the Cathedral Cove car park, around 2km north of Hahei, it’s a rolling walk of around 30 to 40 minutes. 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.
If you're driving, you're best leaving your car at the Hahei Park N'Ride Car Park at the entrance to Hahei village, as over the peak summer months, the Cathedral Cove car park (and the cove itself) can be exceptionally busy. You can either walk the 2km to the Cathedral Cove car park from Hahei, or, from 10am to 6pm, catch a Go Kiwi shuttle ($5).