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Cathedral Caves Walk

| Pratt Road, Catlins coastal area, New Zealand
+64 3-211 2400
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A highlight of our stay on the Catlins Coast

This attraction is tide dependent so make sure you time your visit to coincide with low tide. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Newcastle, Australia
Check tide times before planning to visit!

These caves were a beautiful walk down through a bush walk and then on to the beach. Going down is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Redmond, Washington
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible6%
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“cathedral caves” (18 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
| Pratt Road, Catlins coastal area, New Zealand
| Pratt Road, Catlins coastal area, New Zealand
+64 3-211 2400

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This attraction is tide dependent so make sure you time your visit to coincide with low tide. The caves are on privately owned land so there is a small entrance fee payable to parking attendant. The caves are accessed by a 2 km gravel road...More

Thank Mewett_Family
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These caves were a beautiful walk down through a bush walk and then on to the beach. Going down is about 10 mins (downhill)..coming back up is slightly more tiring but they have benches to sit on! But it was totally worth the coordinating, planning...More

1  Thank gardengnome2018
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The walk to the caves is pretty easy and once you hit the beach it is very scenic. The caves are really amazing. The weather wasn't the best, but we still enjoyed it. It costs 5 dollars to get in. Make sure you go at...More

Thank Rwc142014
Reviewed December 2, 2017

This was a nice hike into the Cathedral Caves, and while the main attraction is to see the caves, which are quite nice and very interesting, I loved the long and unspoiled beach they were at. Make sure you check the times the access gate...More

Thank Gordon B
Reviewed November 25, 2017 via mobile

I am of average fitness and found the trek down to the caves very easy. The view and the cave itself is beautiful. I love that it's unique in that it's a very tidal attraction. I also love that you can walk all the way...More

Thank mofreeman1
Reviewed October 30, 2017 via mobile

This was an excellent must do spot. Spectacular beach walk, forest walk and multiple caves along the beach front including the main Cathedral caves. After reading some of the existing reviews I think timing in terms of tidal as well as time of year plays...More

Thank K C
Reviewed September 17, 2017 via mobile

We wanted to go here but unfortunately we were not aware that it closes for September due to lambing as the track in goes through private grazing paddocks. We are not upset by this at all and only gave 3 dots as we couldn't give...More

Thank ian6633
Reviewed May 23, 2017

This awesome scenery is soo worth planning. If you are driving through the CVatlins it is really worth while planning your trip so you are placing at low-tide to access the caves. You have to pay $% to access the maori owned land but it...More

Thank Shelley H
Reviewed March 24, 2017

The word 'cathedral' gives you an impression of greatness even before you have visited. It is not a great attraction, the caves are long yes but that is as far as it goes. I would class this as average and not bother going if you...More

1  Thank dedicatedtraveller14
Reviewed March 20, 2017 via mobile

We were told about these caves and were very impressed with them. There is quite a walk down through lovely bush to the beach and back we had to wait around for over an hour as the gates didn't open till mid day then there...More

2  Thank sherylb531
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Hi there I am just replying to Judith K's review as she has a number of inaccuracies. The attendant is up at the car park 2 kms away from the gate that is locked. Obviously the time changes each day as it is a tidal attraction so opening and closing is controlled by the sea! And finally and most importantly the Caves are opened not for just 2 hours but actually for at least 4 hours. Its open 2 hours before low tide and 2 hours after, access dependent. If the seas are very high and their is a swell running they may delay opening for a 1/2 hour or so while it is being checked for safety but if the tide is low as it sometimes is due to full moon's influence then they can well be open 3 hours after low tide, oh and the hill you have to walk up thats steep, you actually have to walk down it first, so pretty sure you would know what you can expect while you are walking down it.
January 11, 2017|
Response from Judith K | Reviewed this property |
Thanks for that actually I said they can only be accessed close to low tide, so I was not implying it is at the whim of someone. When we went they only opened the gate between 8am and 10am. However the gate was going to be... More