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Cathedral Caves Walk

| Pratt Road, Catlins coastal area, New Zealand
+64 3-211 2400
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Natural scenic wonder

Our third visit to the Cathedral Caves and not the last I hope. Peaceful 20 minute walk down... read more

Reviewed January 27, 2015
Cole M
Waimate, New Zealand
A must to see

Beautiful 20 mins walk thru a forest, leads to a beautiful beach, which leads to the caves... read more

Reviewed January 6, 2015
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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“low tide” (44 reviews)
“tide times” (7 reviews)
“car park” (15 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
| Pratt Road, Catlins coastal area, New Zealand
+64 3-211 2400

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Reviewed January 27, 2015

Our third visit to the Cathedral Caves and not the last I hope. Peaceful 20 minute walk down through podocarp forest to a very pristine beach, which in itself is an attraction it it's own right. The caves are about 10 minutes from where the...More

Thank Cole M
Reviewed January 6, 2015

Beautiful 20 mins walk thru a forest, leads to a beautiful beach, which leads to the caves. Accessible during low tide at the cost of $5 per person, payable at the gate in cash. One of the major attractions of the Catlins Park. If you...More

Thank kasia2014X
Reviewed August 25, 2014

Made a special trip down to the Catlins specifically to see the Caves - timed it to arrive exactly at the start of low tide (as checked on www.cathedralcaves.co.nz/) only to find out the site is closed until October. Nowhere on the website did it...More

1  Thank Vana0063
Reviewed August 17, 2014

Just a small charge at the car park but the 20 minute walk through the bush down to the beach was well worth it. As we approached the beach the mist descended and slight rain detracted from the great views that were available. A further...More

1  Thank Pathfinder48
Reviewed August 4, 2014

We did our homework on the tides, and timed our trip right and even found out about the access fees. What we didn't find out till we got there is that access is closed for the season, reopening September long weekend. It would've been nice...More

4  Thank brendermoose
Reviewed June 30, 2014

You slowly descent down to the beach through dense native bush. The beach is really beautiful and it's the perfect activity for a fine day. The caves are huge and it's stunning to realise how powerful nature is.

1  Thank TamiNZ
Reviewed May 25, 2014

We did our homework for this one - checked the tide times and also learned that there was an entry fee - $5 - which is very reasonable as there is a long gravel track to drive in on, 2 staff - needed to check...More

3  Thank rosieterry
Reviewed May 6, 2014

If you're planning to visit this attraction be sure to study the tidal times closely and factor in the time to get there, including the walk down from the car park which can take 20 - 30 minutes. The entrance road off the highway is...More

2  Thank Rantin rover
Reviewed May 4, 2014

Cathedral caves is only accessible a few hours a day so make sure you check tide times before you visit. When you arrive expect to pay $5 each to access the beach, a fee that came as a surprise to us. It is basically one...More

Thank Chatterboxmegan
Reviewed April 6, 2014

The Catlins are unquestionably beautiful. I enjoyed my time throughout. Cathedral Caves were a real highlight. It's really one of nature's great creations. The caves are beautiful and mysterious. The beach they reside along is quite powerful. It's definitely worth a visit. Be sure to...More

Thank mclassic
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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