New Zealand: Prince CaspianCathedral Cove: Return to Narnia
The beautiful natural rock arch of Cathedral Cove is an iconic feature of the Coromandel Peninsula. The Cove can be reached by a paved walking track, by water taxi or by kayak.
Cathedral Cove features as the gateway to Narnia, specifically the ruins of Cair Paravel in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Cathedral Cove's natural arch mirrors the train tunnel from which the Pevensie children emerge.
In the following scene, the children are on the other side of the archway, running along the beach towards the camera.
The Mercury Bay is a stunning part of coastal New Zealand. Most visitors to the region take the opportunity to visit nearby Hot Water Beach, just 8km away. At low tide you can dig your own spa and allow the piping hot water to seep up from under the sand. Again, this beautiful beach is no secret to international crowds, so be prepared to get cosy with your neighbour. If you're thinking of cooling off in the surf, do beware: tidal rips are viscious on this beach and only to be navigated by experienced swimmers and surfers.