Cathedral Caves Walk, Southland Region

(3.3/5 based on 80 reviews on the web)
Explore one of the longest sea caves in the world at Cathedral Caves Walk, 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, Papatowai attractions like Cathedral Caves Walk can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 »