The track passes through the podocarp and kamahi forest of the Waipati Beach Scenic Reserve. On reaching the beach, it’s 10 minutes to the impressive Cathdral Caves. The sea has cut deeply into weaker sections of the cliffs and created caverns as much as 30 m high.
The caves can only be reached for an hour, either side of low tide. When the tide’s right you can walk from one cave to another - but be prepared for wet feet!
The Cathedral Caves Walk is managed by a group of landowners of Kāi Tahu descent. For more information, tide tables and current status see Cathedral Caves.
The track starts 2 km down an access road that is signposted on the main road, 7 km south of Tautuku.
There is a small charge for the use of the car park and access to the track, beach and caves.
Auckland and parts of the Waikato are at Level 3. DOC huts and campsites are closed in these regions. The rest of New Zealand is at Level 2.