Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve

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Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel.JPG
View through rock arch towards Te Hofggqho Rock in Cathedral Cove
Map of New Zealand showing the location of the reserve
Map of New Zealand showing the location of the reserve
LocationNew Zealand
Coordinates36°49′42″S 175°47′24″E / 36.82833°S 175.79000°E / -36.82833; 175.79000Coordinates: 36°49′42″S 175°47′24″E / 36.82833°S 175.79000°E / -36.82833; 175.79000
Area840 ha
Governing bodyDepartment of Conservation

Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve is on the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand, covering an area of 840 hectares (2,100 acres).[1]

The area is very popular with tourists, and receives around 150,000 visitors per year.[2]

The Māori name Te Whanganui-A-Hei (the Great Bay of Hei) refers to Hei, a tohunga from the Te Arawa waka.[3] 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.

View towards Cathedral Cove from the sea
View from lookout near car park over Stingray Bay to Cathedral Cove

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Marine Reserve (Whanganui A Hei (Cathedral Cove)) Order 1992 (SR 1992/387)". New Zealand Government. 24 December 1992. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  2. ^ O'Rourke, Simon (2007-11-02). "Billionaire in coast dust-up". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
  3. ^ "Tikanga Maori", Department of Conservation

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