Thirty four days have passed since the Conservation Minister, Tama Potaka, raised the hopes of Coromandel Peninsula locals with an announcement when he said he wanted to see the track reopen by next summer. Up to that time Department of Conservation staff had been lowering expectations of an opening. Since then,  local MP Scott Simpson […]

By John Freer Any conversation about Cathedral Cove must be led by the key stakeholders responsible for the whenua, this according to Thames Coromandel Mayor, Len Salt, in response to a visit this week by the Minister for Tourism to the closed iconic tourism track. The Mayor yesterday provided this information to CFM when asked […]

It is a feature which Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park owners, Grant and Sheree Webster, have been contemplating for the entire time they have owned the park. Their Christmas present to themselves, holiday park users and then hopefully the wider community, is a new swimming pool complex. Weather permitting, and a few other […]

By John Freer Hot Water Beach, Hahei and Whitianga business owners are angered in being excluded from a meeting this Friday, called to discuss critical issues relating to Cathedral Cove by the Department of Conservation. Leading tourism operators such as Hot Water Beach Top 10, Hotties Eatery, Cathedral Cove Park and Ride and Cathedral Cove […]

By John Freer Concern and frustration at the Department of Conservation with Coromandel Peninsula tracks, huts and campgrounds not operating to full capacity for the coming holiday season. This on the back of information provided to CFM that a meeting is proposed this week regarding the future of Cathedral Cove, where only selected people are […]

As advised in our story last week, NZTA has now officially confirmed the road will reopen on or before 20 December. The full release from NZTA follows. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has confirmed that State Highway 25A between Kōpū and Hikuai will be re-open to traffic in time for Christmas – a full three […]

By John Freer There is no timeframe or goal to get the closed Cathedral Cove tourist and visitor destination reopened to walkers. This from the Department of Conservations Regional Director, Tinaka Mearns, who recently spoke with CFM. Tinaka maintains that 100 percent of the walking track is at risk and DOC was dealing with complex […]

By John Freer The storm which closed Cathedral Cove is about to return but in a different form. This time a hurricane forced combination of anger and frustration is developing as the Mercury Bay and wider Coromandel tourism sector, brews a backlash on the continued closure of the iconic visitor destination. To date, letters to […]

With more rocks and debris having fallen from Cathedral Cove’s iconic arch, local Iwi Ngati Hei have now imposed a rahui on the site. DOC Coromandel Operations Manager Nick Kelly says his team was alerted to the latest rockfall at the beach – which is thought to have occurred on Monday, it was spotted by […]

By John Freer Tourism on the Coromandel Peninsula continues to face significant challenges – having experienced the impacts of storms and pandemics, the region’s main lifeblood is still very much exposed. Aware of this and advocating the position is the person charged with the task of encouraging visitors, being Destination Hauraki Coromandel General Manager, Hadley […]

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