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FROM PAGE TO SCREEN: Cathedral Cove in New Zealand, used for the beach scene in Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis

FROM PAGE TO LIFE: Narnia’s beach (Prince Caspian)

Among the numerous and breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand is Cathedral Cove. This little beach is famous for appearing in Narnia’s Prince Caspian, but how close is it to the book’s description?


FROM PAGES TO LIFE is a monthly trend where I compare locations described in books to their real-life counterpart, be them the places the author drew inspiration from while writing or the locations used for filming the screen adaptation of the book.

Cathedral Cove, situated in the Coromandel, is one of the most famous spots in New Zealand for tourists. Kinda in the middle of nowhere, you can only access the beach by boat or by walking for over half an hour along the cliffs. Half of the beach cannot be accessed during high tide, and it can get really crowded really soon during sunny days.

(Fun fact: when we visited Cathedral Cove, it was a warm and sunny morning. But it had rained all through the night, and the path to the beach was just mud, mud, and more mud! I think my trainers still haven’t recovered from it.)

Cathedral Cove also is the location chosen by Disney to film the beach scenes at the beginning of The Chronicles of Narnia’s Prince Caspian. The Pevensie siblings find themselves transported from a London train station to a Narnian beach before going to school, only to find their old kingdom in ruins and to jump into a new adventure.

Beside being breathtakingly beautiful, how close to the book’s description is Cathedral Cove? Find out by looking at the pictures right below, and by comparing them to the quotes directly from the book!

FROM PAGE TO SCREEN: Cathedral Cove in New Zealand, used for the beach scene in Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis

Everything became much brighter, and after a few steps they found themselves at the edge of the wood, looking down on a sandy beach. A few yards away a very calm sea was falling on the sand with such tiny ripples that it made hardly any sound.

FROM PAGE TO SCREEN: Cathedral Cove in New Zealand, used for the beach scene in Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis

They set out along the shore with the sea on their left hand and the wood on their right. Except for an occasional seagull it was a very quiet place.

FROM PAGE TO SCREEN: Cathedral Cove in New Zealand, used for the beach scene in Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis

Their backs were now to the part of the sea which had met them when they first came out of the wood, and now, looking ahead, they could see across the water another shore, thickly wooded like the one they were exploring.

FROM PAGE TO SCREEN: Cathedral Cove in New Zealand, used for the beach scene in Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis

The shore that they were walking on drew nearer and nearer to the opposite shore, and as they came round each promontory the children expected to find the place where the two joined.

FROM PAGE TO SCREEN: Cathedral Cove in New Zealand, used for the beach scene in Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis

FROM PAGE TO SCREEN: Cathedral Cove in New Zealand, used for the beach scene in Prince Caspian (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis

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