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Address: | Pratt Road, Catlins coastal area, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-211 2400
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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... read more

Reviewed March 20, 2017
Tutukaka, New Zealand
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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 are on a tight itinery.

Thank dedicatedtraveller14
Tutukaka, New Zealand
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42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 is a drive up the hill to the car park There is a $5 charge... More 

Thank sherylb531
Wellington, New Zealand
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2017

A walk down to the beach of about 1km and the along the beautiful beach to the caves which have been formed by the sea. Hence can only visit either side of low tide. Good sized caves and some great photos to be had.

Thank Golfers13
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142 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2017 via mobile

We queued with about a dozen other cars to enter the road up to the caves walk (locked gate outside of visiting hours). Once up there we waited until the all clear had been given that the track had been checked and was ok to use. I have to say I was quite shocked and somewhat embarrassed by the rude... More 

Thank Kiwidreamer
Bubenreuth, Germany
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105 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2017

Note: check tide times, since access is only possible during low tide. After a short gravel rode drive, you get to the parking lot. From there it is a 30-45 minutes walk downhill through the woods to the beach and a short 5 minutes across the beach to the Cathedral Caves. There are two entrances that connect in a U-shape.... More 

Thank Meike V
Chicago, Illinois
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217 reviews
151 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 579 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2017

The Cathedral Caves are worth the trip, but you will need to be mindful of some timing issues. As others have pointed out, you need to arrive here within 1.5 to 2 hours of low tide. There was a board at the entrance road informing us of the tide times. We had also researched these tides prior to our trip... More 

Thank kasejason
Pukekohe, New Zealand
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82 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

You can only access these caves an hour before and after low tide. There is a person at the gate at the start of the walk who will make sure you know what time to be back before the gate closes. You can go to the cathedralcaves.co.nz website to check what times the gate will be open. Also at the... More 

Thank Judith K
Mexico City, Mexico
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333 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
Reviewed December 14, 2016

This is a beautiful geological feature of two interconnected caves, but they are only accessible at low tide, so make sure to check the schedule and to be on time, as the warden will not let you in. We got in very last minute, had to run down the beach and then hike up really quickly, because the water started... More 

Thank Pixxidix
Winnipeg, Canada
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125 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed December 4, 2016

Spent a couple of hours just marvelling at this area. Walking along the beach at low tide and moving through the caves was fun and different. The path is clearly marked and the lady in the office at the parking lot is friendly and helpful. We tried to stay as long as the tide was out as it was a... More 

Thank Lee D
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed November 24, 2016 via mobile

Worth place to see. Before driving check the tides only able to on low tide days. $5 for entry. Easy walk down but hard to come up. Enjoyed

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