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Cathedral Caves Walk

| Pratt Road, Catlins coastal area, New Zealand
+64 3-211 2400
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This awesome scenery is soo worth planning. If you are driving through the CVatlins it is really... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Shelley H
Auckland Region, New Zealand
ok but not a 'must do'

The word 'cathedral' gives you an impression of greatness even before you have visited. It is not... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2017
Dunedin, New Zealand
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good32%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible6%
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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 23 May 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 25 March 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

Thank dedicatedtraveller14
Reviewed 21 March 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

1  Thank sherylb531
Reviewed 14 March 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
Reviewed 12 March 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...More

1  Thank Kiwidreamer
Reviewed 5 March 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...More

Thank Meike V
Reviewed 17 January 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...More

Thank kasejason
Reviewed 11 January 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...More

Thank Judith K
Reviewed 15 December 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...More

Thank Pixxidix
Reviewed 5 December 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....More

Thank Lee D
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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.
12 January 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