Yesterday we drove to the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula and hiked to Cathedral Cove. This is the location that was used in filming the Narnia movie Prince Caspian. When the kids in the movie are taken to Narnia, they arrive in the ocean, with a backdrop of a arch. This is Cathedral Cove.
The hike takes about 45 minutes and meanders through native bush, puriri trees and sheep farm. At the end of the hike is a very steep and long series of stairs. But the cove and arch are worth seeing.
The arch drops rocks occasionally. After all, it was created though erosion, and erosion continues. So, DOC (Department of Conservation) has placed signs and erected barriers to keep people out of the arch. People ignore the signs and cross the barriers anyway. When reading the “warning”, it doesn’t actually say that you are not allowed to enter the arch. It merely warns that there is extreme danger. So, I don’t know that people are breaking the law to walk in there, but they are literally taking their life into their own hands.
Cathedral Cove is a very popular spot for tourists. Andrew commented as we ate lunch in the parking lot that at most places around the Coromandel, the tourists speak English but that here at Cathedral Cove, you’ll hear many different languages from many different countries.
The hike was pleasant, and Cathedral Cove was fun to see and explore. We highly recommend the hike if you can spare a couple hours.