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Family walks near Hot Water Beach

Coromandel Walks - with a centre dominated by a range of jagged mountains and its fringes scattered with picturesque coves and beaches. The mountains are a remnant of the Coromandel's volcanic past and are largely covered in regenerating native bush recovering from the pioneering past. Many of the walks in the area are steeped in gold mining and kauri logging history. The area offers short walks nearby, to day trips in the northern Coromandel or an overnight stay at the Pinnacles hut. The Coromandel has something for everyone!

Visiting Cathedral Cove - Hahei - 8kms from Hot Water Beach (24 hour petrol and diesel pump)
We now have 3 options to start the walk to Cathedral Cove. The first is to park at the Village Car Park on your right as you enter Hahei village. From here you can take shuttle to the top parking area at the entrance of Cathedral Cove walk. Another alternative is to start walking at the Hahei Beach carpark. This is a scenic pathway through the trees with some lovely views of Hahei Beach as you walk north to Cathedral Cove. Option no three is the newly developed car park approximatelly 500m down Lees Rd, which is off Link Rd on the road directly to Hahei.

At the beginning of the Cathedral Cove walkway there are two paths on your right which lead down to the marine reserve - Whanganui-a-Hei. One path leads  to Gemstone Bay - great for snorkelling and the other to Stingray Bay. These paths are short and sweet. Easy walks to great areas.

On your return you have great choice for refreshment and or lunch in Hahei Village. Pizza, beer and thick shakes! Take a peek behind the Hahei Store and you will find a treasure trove of deliciousness. 

Flaxmill Bay - Maramaratotara track 1hr - Family walk
Take a drive to Flaxmill Bay. The start of the walk is quite discreet, hidden behind some trees on your left. There are 2 pull offs on the right sea side where you can park. The walk offers some great seaviews with some good rest areas on the way. It should take 20 minutes to the crest of the hill and then down to Back Bay where you follow the walkway to Whitianga Rock and the Maori Pa. If you are planning a breakfast you can walk right up the hill or catch the ferrry across to Whitianga where you will find a variety of cafes. Great for kids from 5 years old.

Shakespeares Cliff and Lonely Bay
Shakespeares Cliff - named by Captain Cook as he saw the playwrights profile against the sky. To get to Shakespeares Cliff viewpoint, take a drive along Purangi Rd towards Flaxmill Bay. The entrance to Shakespeares Historic Reserve is on your right and displays one of the top 10 Coromandel views of Mercury Bay all the way to the hills above Cathedral Cove. Once you have taken in the view take a walk down to Lonely Bay - the start of this walk begins at the Shakespeare View point and takes you down the the beautiful Lonely Bay, one of the best beaches on the Coromandel.


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