Cathedral Cove Carparking Update

From today, parking for Cathedral Cove is available again in the carpark at the top of Grange Road, Hahei.  This carpark will be free of charge until Council operated Pay & Display parking is installed (possibly July).

Also, the shuttle bus service from the Cathedral Cove Visitor Carpark at the edge of town is now closed until 30 September 2018.

And… a gentle reminder that freedom camping is prohibited all year round, and local enforcement officers will be working regularly in the area.


Mercury Bay Art Escape

Missed the first weekend?  The Artist’s Open Studios continue this coming weekend, 11th-12th March.

Check out our talented local artists and their fabulous range of works! Go to for your 2017 guide and more info, including the Pop Up Guest and Emerging Artists Gallery.


Community Leader Meetings

To help our resolve some of our community issues, the following meetings and guest speakers have been scheduled:

17 February (past) – Dal Minogue, Waikato Regional Council
Friday 3 March – Scott Simpson, MP
Friday 17 March – Alison Henry, Sea Change
Friday 24 March – Sandra Goudie, Mayor TCDC
Friday 31 March – Paul Kelly and Allan Tiplady, TCDC Mercury Bay

Venue: Hahei Community Hall
Time: 4.00pm

Speakers will talk for 30 minutes, followed by a 30 minute Q&A session, so come prepared!

Scott Simpson, our local MP, has recently been appointment Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Ministers for the Environment and Conservation. He will discuss his vision for the Coromandel and how central government can help protect and support Hahei.


Alison Henry is our representative on Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan. The plan was released recently and contains a number of recommendations, such as extended marine reserves, that could affect our area.

Sandra Goudie, our Mayor, will discuss TCDC’s plans and activities for Hahei, and we also hope to hear an update on tourism-related infrastructure following the recent community consultation.

Paul Kelly, Chair Mercury Bay Community Board, and Allan Tiplady, TCDC Mercury Bay Area Manager will provide an update on their vision for Mercury Bay. They will also discuss the Hahei Community Strategic Plan, including traffic management and other key issues.

Local Concert, Sunday 19 March

Get along to the Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park for an afternoon of great music from local artists! Take a picnic and enjoy the entertainment. All proceeds to St John Mercury Bay South new ambulance station, with a special donation to the Wilderland Trust. Pay at the gate – Adults $20, Children under 5 free, $50 Family Pass.


Leadfoot Festival 2017


4th & 5th February 2017 – Leadfoot Ranch, Hahei
Rod Millen, NZ racing legend, and his wife Shelly open their private grounds at the Leadfoot Ranch to host more than 150 champion and competitive race participants.  Featuring classic formula and road race cars, off-road machines and vintage motorcycles… This event is not to be missed!

Click here for more event information and to buy your tickets.

Cathedral Cove Park and Ride

Visiting Cathedral Cove this summer?

The Cathedral Cove Park and Ride shuttle service will be operational from 27th December.  Operating daily from 10am-6pm, the shuttle departs every 20minutes from the Hahei Village Entrance Car Park on Hahei Beach Road.

Prices: Adults $5, Children (under 15) $3 and a Family Pass (2 Adults, 2 Children) $10.

Go Kiwi Bus service is also operating from Whitianga and Ferry Landing for your convenience.

Your support of these services will also ease traffic congestion in and around Hahei village, and it is hoped that the operators will continue throughout the whole summer!

Hahei Market Day

Thursday 5th January 2017, 9am-2pm
Kotare Reserve, Pa Road, Hahei

The Hahei Market Day is a fun day out with a huge variety of stalls, music and fun entertainment for the kids.  This is an annual Hahei Community Library fundraising event, so get along and enjoy it with your family and friends.



Hahei Community Library Big Book Sale

Tuesday 3rd January 2017, 10am-1pm

Don’t miss the Hahei Community Library’s Big Library Book Sale with fantastic books to suit all tastes!  Near new, popular authors, classics, kids collection, coffee table selections and more.

Cooks Beach Summer Gala

The Cooks Beach Summer Gala – 4th January, from 9am-3pm.

This gala runs every year to raise funds for our local Whenuakite School.  With over 100 stalls, it’s always a great day out!  There’s entertainment, food, face-painting, second-hand bargains, raffles and prizes and of course the legendary Richardsons Real Estate ‘Daisy Dung Drop’ – guess where Daisy (the cow) will do her dung, and you will win $1000!

Mercury Bay Art Escape

The Mercury Bay Art Escape is a self-drive Artists Open Studio tour centred around the beautiful coastal area of Mercury Bay, encompassing the areas of Pauanui, Tairua, Hahei, Hot Water Beach, Cooks Beach, Whenuakite, Whitianga, Kuaotunu, Matarangi and Whangapoua.

This event is held in the first two weekends in March each year.