Cathedral Caves, Southland Region

(3.3/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web)
Explore one of the longest sea caves in the world at Cathedral Caves, located on Waipati Beach. This impressive system boasts two caves that join inside the seaside cliff, reaching heights up to 30 m (98.4 ft). Timing is important when you visit, as you can only enter during a few hours on either side of low tide. Wear waterproof shoes, or bug spray if you plan to walk the beach barefoot, because sandflies here are a nuisance. Check the local tide timetable and verify accessibility on the website in advance, as the attraction sometimes closes without much notice. Using our online itinerary creator, Invercargill attractions like Cathedral Caves can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A long walk through the forest ends at the beach. A short walk then and then you come to two caves carved by the ocean. A nice walk of an hour, fun to do.
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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 c...  more »