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Cathedral Caves Walk

| Pratt Road, Catlins coastal area, New Zealand
+64 3-211 2400
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I didn't really have a sense of how big these caves were going to be. I was blown away! Arrived... read more

Reviewed April 2, 2014
Seattle, Washington
Nice walk

Well worth the 5.00 , nice bush walk and the caves a cool, even spotted a penguin up the back of... read more

Reviewed March 8, 2014
Hamilton, New Zealand
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“low tide” (44 reviews)
“tide times” (7 reviews)
“cathedral caves” (17 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
| Pratt Road, Catlins coastal area, New Zealand
+64 3-211 2400

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Reviewed April 2, 2014

I didn't really have a sense of how big these caves were going to be. I was blown away! Arrived about 30 minutes before low tide and there was some water in the caves, but no problem. Nice walk through the bush and beautiful views...More

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Reviewed March 8, 2014

Well worth the 5.00 , nice bush walk and the caves a cool, even spotted a penguin up the back of the cave

Thank Phillip679
Reviewed February 27, 2014

$5 per head and a pleasant walk down to the beach through the forest. The caves are interesting - but not hugely so. Quite picturesque though.

Thank DMcGibbon
Reviewed February 22, 2014

Only open when the tides are right (early afternoon this month). Forest walk is steep-ish downhill to beach and up-hill return. Beach walk is a few hundred yards. Caves are very high inside and quite dark at the deepest point (which is not too far...More

Thank oldgrouch2625
Reviewed February 17, 2014

to allow time to hike to the caves and explore. The hike and the caves are beautiful. Allow 20 minutes to hike down to get to the caves at low tide. The gates close two hours after low tide

Thank Metsfan08
Reviewed February 10, 2014

you have to go at low tide to get to the cave, but plenty to do around the area if you have to wait. Lovey walk to get there, initally though bush then a beautiful beach walk along to the caves. Saw a little penguin...More

Thank nonameKiwi
Reviewed February 3, 2014

Tricky entrance to gravel road with motorhome but well worth the effort. Check out the tide times beforehand because there is only a 4 hour slot to visit. Quite a lengthy drive to car park, pay $5pp and follow a path through rain forest down...More

Thank MarianBristol
Reviewed January 15, 2014

Cathedral caves are very spectacular the only thing you have to watch out for are the tide times as you can only get down to them two hours either side of low tide.if you want food or coffee etc the Whistling Frog cafe is very...More

Reviewed January 5, 2014

You pay an entrance fee ($5/person) which I think (hope) goes to preserving the area, then walk through a great little forest to the beach, and over to the caves. We had a geologist with us who found the area fascinating - and it is!...More

Thank sedky
Reviewed January 5, 2014

Beautiful bush walk to the beach, quite a steady climb back up. The caves are amazing to see what the sea does over millions of years. Access is only at low tide for a $5 fee per person. Times are noted on the entrance gate.

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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