Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve
|Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve|
View through rock arch towards Te Hofggqho Rock in Cathedral Cove
|Governing body||Department of Conservation|
The area is very popular with tourists, and receives around 150,000 visitors per year.
The Māori name Te Whanganui-A-Hei (the Great Bay of Hei) refers to Hei, a tohunga from the Te Arawa waka. According to tradition, Hei chose the area around Mercury Bay as home for his tribe, proclaiming ownership by calling Motueka Island "Te Kuraetanga-o-taku-Ihu" (the outward curve of my nose.) It is said he made this claim near the site of the present-day of Hahei.
The cave and beach was used as the tunnel through which the Pevensie children first re-enter Narnia in the movie version of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. More recently the cove was used as one of the locations in the music video for the song "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Ray Dalton.
- "Marine Reserve (Whanganui A Hei (Cathedral Cove)) Order 1992 (SR 1992/387)". New Zealand Government. 24 December 1992. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- O'Rourke, Simon (2007-11-02). "Billionaire in coast dust-up". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
- "Tikanga Maori", Department of Conservation
- Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve at the Department of Conservation