Cathedral Cove
Image: Shellie Evans | ©


Visitors to this marine reserve will see sandy flats, reefs, boulder and many different sea creatures and plants that live there. Take a walk along the coast to see the very popular Hahei and Cathedral Cove.

Find things to do and places to stay Whanganui A Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve

If you are diving or snorkelling you might encounter large rock lobster, snapper and other coastal species up close.

Try a snorkel trail at Gemstone Bay. Check the marker buoys with information panels depicting which species inhabit each area are anchored from 50 to 165 m offshore

Bring your own kayak or rent one locally to explore the area. 

Protect our marine reserves
  • No fishing of any kind.
  • Don't take or kill marine life.
  • Don't remove or disturb any marine life or materials.
  • Don't feed fish - it disturbs their natural behaviour.
  • Take care when anchoring to avoid damaging the sea floor.


Kauaeranga Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 7 867 9080
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
Thames 3577
Postal Address:   PO Box 343
Thames 3540
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