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Advice for parking and walking our tourism hotspots

22 December 2017

There's been changes to parking at tourism hot spots like Cathedral Cove to help manage the increase in visitor numbers.

Cathedral Cove at Hahei is one of the most popular attractions for domestic and international visitors, but the village is also home for many permanent residents.

So to make sure everyone has a happy holiday experience, when it comes to parking, the best place to go is the Hahei Visitor car park off Hahei Beach Rd.

This car park has capacity for approximately 300 vehicles (in the formed and unformed sections) as well as space for campervans and tour buses. Parking at the beach and along the road berms isn't the best idea as it creates congestion, road safety issues and can make it difficult for residents trying to get into their properties.

Parking at the Hahei Visitor car park is free - so you can leave your car and do the short walk to Hahei Beach - where there's a path that will connect you to the Cathedral Cove walk.

There is a user-pays park and ride shuttle bus service, running over the peak holiday period, which takes you from the Hahei Visitor car park to the start of the Cathedral Cove walking track at the top of Grange Rd.

The Park and Ride shuttle service operates from 10am to 6pm daily from Boxing Day (26 December) departing every 20 minutes from the Hahei Visitor car park.

Return park and ride shuttle fares are: $5 adults, $3 children for children up to 15 years, $10 families (up to 2 adults and 2 children). Passengers with prepaid tickets will get priority loading.

Meanwhile the Shuttle Bus service, run by Go Kiwi also takes you through from Whitianga and Ferry Landing to Hahei and Hot Water Beach every day.

You can find booking prices and timetables here. 

From 8 January the Grange Road car park will be drop-off area only from 1 October to 30 April each year with no parking other than 2 disabled parks with four hour time limit.

From 1 May to 30 September parking will be permitted with a flat charge of $15.00 per vehicle with a four hour time limit.

The Grange Rd car park will be closed outside of daylight hours all year round and freedom camping is now prohibited.

Clikc here to find out more about Hahei Village and the Cathedral Cove Walk.


Paku Hill, Tairua

The walk up Paku Hill in Tairua is also becoming a popular destination for visitors.

Signage has been installed to promote the use of the bottom car park at Paku Drive, Tairua, which is providing space for more cars and a bus.

No stopping lines have been installed on Tirinui Crescent and Paku Drive to stop visitors from parking on residential roads, which has hampered access to private properties and caused safety issues.

"More people are walking up to the summit, and so to manage parking and driving up this narrow, windy road, we are encouraging people, and tour bus operators, to park at the memorial reserve car park," says Bob Renton, Community Board Chair for Tairua-Pauanui.

Space for 17 car parks has now been made available compared with 8 previously at the memorial reserve carpark.

Sugarloaf Wharf, Coromandel Town

There's been changes to parking allocation on Te Kouma Road, adjacent to the Sugarloaf Wharf, so that the needs of both recreational and industry users can be met.

  • The whole area is available for parking for all vehicles Monday - Friday year round, excluding the period between Christmas Day - 10 January where the whole area is trailer boat parking only.
  • From Labour weekend - Christmas Day and from 11 January - Easter, half the area is open to trailer boat parking only on Saturday/Sunday and public holidays. 
  • Christmas Day - 10 January the whole area is trailer boat parking onl