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Cathedral Cove, Coromandel

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel

White cliffs along the Coromandel coast near Whitianga are made of ignimbrite, a white, massive rock formed from pumice and ash that was erupted about 8 million years ago. Because it is quite soft, it soon erodes, forming steep headlands between small sandy beaches. Cathedral Cove is named after the large triangular cave in the centre.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Landscapes – overview - Northern New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 July 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015