Hahei Beach is sometimes overshadowed by its famous neighbour Cathedral Cove yet the gleaming white sand and calm water is a perfect summer haven for families intent on a day at the beach. The nearby islands form a breakwater making the beach safe for kids. With the northern end of the beach part of the marine reserve there is plenty of marine life to explore snorkelling or diving. The beach has tour operators offering kayaking tours, snorkelling tours and water taxi services. Hahei caters for the summer holiday season with cafes, restaurants and even a craft brewery, Hot Water Brewing.
Hahei is home to New Zealand’s snorkel trail. A marine exploration carefully signposted with bright colourful buoys.
- New Zealand’s only Snorkel Trail to get visitors into the marine world.
The Snorkel trail provides a point of difference to get people into the water so they are able to experience the amazing marine life in the Te Whanganui a Hei Marine Reserve. The buoys have handles on them which snorkelers are able to hold on to which can help novice snorkelers, tourists and children feel more comfortable in the water. The information panels on the buoys give information about the marine environment.
Hahei facilities include toilets, lifeguards, shops and car parking.