© Photographed by Stuart Michael
While visiting family in New Zealand over the Christmas break I took the opportunity to photograph the iconic Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula, east of Auckland.
Made world-famous by the film adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia series, this beautiful part of the North Island has always been a favourite holiday spot for locals and the stunning coastline never fails to take my breath away.
Since New Zealand film director Andrew Adamson chose the area to shoot his 2005 adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe it has also become a popular holiday destinations for international tourists as well. Adamson spent his childhood summers in the region and it is easy to see why he is drawn to its beauty.
The Coromandel Peninsula is filled with stunning beaches but for me Cathedral Cove is one of the best and is well worth the walk (about 30 minutes each way). Sweat it out and you will be rewarded with majestic bluffs rising out of the ocean for a few hundred feet and the pièce de résistance, a cathedral-like arch cavern offering all the mystery and exploring opportunities any child (or adult) would love.
The local Maori name for the area is Te Whanganui-A-Hei (the Great Bay of Hei) and includes a marine reserve, which is wonderful for diving. People also love the area for water sports, fishing, boating and swimming. And if you love your seafood; oysters, mussels and scallops are readily available!
Here is a great YouTube link to some images of Cathedral Cove where some of the Narnia series was filmed. Well worth a look if time permits. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39xnFVV4IpQ