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Lonely Planet reveals Cathedral Cove in its ‘BEST BEACHES’

This will be of interest to DOC no doubt. It is embarrassing to think that after a full year since Cathedral Cove track was closed, that DOC needs until September 2024, to know what the long-term future is for Cathedral Cove. Their long-term goal is, “We hope to re-open the track to the beach,” has obviously not ‘travelled’ to the publishers of The Lonely Planet. And who would believe it?
 |  Ady Cole-Ewen  | 
Cathedral Cove Closed

Two New Zealand beaches have been named among the best beaches in the world in Lonely Planet’s new travel guide book – Best Beaches. This is what it says. “Te Whanganui-A-Hei/Cathedral Cove – The beach boasts a naturally formed rock archway, perfect for taking in the picturesque surrounds of the Coromandel Peninsula.”

“The remote Awaroa Beach, tucked away in Abel Tasman National Park, also made the cut thanks to its captivating beauty which brings locals and tourists alike to its crystal clear waters. While its allure is undeniable, the beach is also full of community spirit. In 2016, more than 39,000 Kiwis banded together to collectively buy Awaroa Beach for $2.25 million over fears it could become privately owned.”

“Looking ahead, community engagement is vital,” says Tinaka Mearns, Regional Director of DOC (Waikato-Hauraki-Taranaki). The community has been trying to engage and sending their views for a year now. What else does DOC need that could not have been done in the year that has gone?  Many look forward impatiently to the time when Cathedral Cove can be described as, ‘the beach is full of community spirit.’