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A bush walk that leads to Waipati Beach and the very popular Cathedral Caves.

Track overview

Return via same track

Walking and tramping

50 min Easy: Walking track

Seasonal restrictions

From May to October access is limited to weekends and school holidays. 

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Cathedral Caves. Photo J Barkla.
Cathedral Caves, Catlins

The Cathedral Caves Walk is managed by a group of landowners of Kāi Tahu descent. The caves are very impressive, as the sea has cut deeply into weaker sections of the cliffs and created caverns as much as 30 m high. They can only be reached for an hour, either side of low tide. 

The walk passes through the podocarp and kamahi forest of the Waipati Beach Scenic Reserve. After reaching the beach it’s another 10 minutes to the caves. When the tide’s right you can walk from one cave to another, though you should be prepared for wet feet!

Getting there

Access to the carpark is via a private road, signposted from the Southern Scenic Route.

Know before you go

Tide tables are available at the Catlins Information Centre in Owaka, the Caves turnoff on SH92, and in the carpark by the start of the track.

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