Cathedral Caves Walk

Cathedral Caves Walk - Waipati Beach Scenic Reserve

Cathedral Caves Walk

Waipati Beach Scenic Reserve

Reviews

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Ane Pujol

Spain

Ranking: 10/10

Access to the parking open 1.5 to 2 hours before low tide and closes 2 hours after low tide. We walked to the beautiful beach and walked inside the huge caves, impressive. Access $5.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Sharron

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful shorter walk, gorgeous beach and the caves were very impressive.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Andy Howard

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

$5 fee was awesome value for such a beautiful walk and stunning caves. A real highlight.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Dylan Smyth

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

For such a beautiful place I thought it was poorly signposted to since there was a timing element (2 hours either side of low tide). I did not see any warnings about it in the local advertising.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Hailey S

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Impressive sea caves you can walk through at extremely low tide. Easy 30 minute walk, plan 1 hour return. The tides change daily so check online for when you can visit, usually only a two hours gap each day.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Anna

Ireland

Ranking: 8/10

Had a nice hour or so exploring these caves. After a quick walk down to the beach we paddled in the water and walked through the caves. Spectacular caves and beach.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Linda Stovelaar

Ranking: 6/10

The campsite told me to go and see the caves and bring $ for entrance. I don't know what they do with the $5 per person because the road to the carpark is full of big holes. When I arrived the lady told me to pay and that high tie was coming quickly but I can see the caves before the water was too high.
When I get to the caves the waves were very high because of the wind and it was too dangerous to go in the coves. Not worth the $5, didn't have the right advice and you have to pay to see the nature?!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Floriane Desnoyer

France

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful landscape! Totally worth it!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Stephen Timbu

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Stunning, we arrived an hour before low tide and were able to wade up and into the caves. Explored the main caves as well as some smaller ones down the coast. A must see in the South!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lorenz Pfisterer

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

A steep walk down through the bush to a huge and beautiful beach. The caves were amazing. The only negative thing was the sandflies on the beach.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Sarah Boettcher

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

You have to pay money to walk the track. But when the weather is good it is worth it. Look up the tide timetable (you can just go there when it is low tide). You are walking down through a forest about 30 minutes to a really beautiful beach. Walk along the beach for about 10 minutes to the caves, watch out for the ocean when you are walking through the caves, it can come abruptly. Worth the money and the walk - really amazing trip!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Gae Saevane

Thailand

Ranking: 7/10

A great short walk at low tide enables you to walk through this magnificent sea arch. A must visit.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lena Wesselink

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Nice big caves on the beach. Had to walk through kneehigh water to get to the end of the cave. Nice to see but stupid that we have to pay $5 per person to see some nature on the beach. Make sure to walk past the first one because there are like 4 more!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Shelley

New Zealand

Ranking: 1/10

Visitors should beware that the caves are shut in winter. There is nothing online or printed to indicate this. In fact the DoC website says that during their winter hours (May-October) they are only open weekends and school holidays, but having just tried to visit in the school holidays we can say this is not true and locals confirmed it. Huge disappointment if you have travelled all this way (as we did) and then got stuck there (snowed in) only to find that they are not open at all. Venture Southland should try to exert some pressure on the Kai Tahu owners to manage this attraction in a more tourist-friendly way. No wonder visitors get so cross! Feel sorry for the other businesses who cop all the flak from disgruntled tourists.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Don

New Zealand

Ranking: 5/10

Caves were ok but access is not free. Now have to pay $5 per person to walk to beach!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Pavel Jarolimek

Czech Republic

Ranking: 3/10

Caves are nice but it is private so you have to pay. Also we saw penguins nesting in the cave - it has to be stressful there - flashing cameras, torches. I did not see nothing that prohibited this.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Adriana

Czech Republic

Ranking: 6/10

Caves were beautiful but we had to pay $5 just because the access is through private property, if I compare it with other nature beauties which are not paid this cannot have 10 points.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Steffen

Germany

Ranking: 3/10

Too expensive for the caves.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Felix Brettner

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Nice look on the beach and an amazing cave.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Tobias Gehring

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Nice adventure in a beautiful landscape and surrounding. $5 totally worth it! Would have been a 10 if it would not have been so crowded.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Kellie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

$5 to walk down to see some pretty spectacular caves at low-tide-donation would have been preferable.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Daniel McAlpine

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Excellent natural tourist spot.Not keen on paying to see something naturally occurring
only $5, but a donation request would be preferable.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Alex Artigues

France

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Tom Somers

Belgium

Ranking: 3/10

Nice short walk but the caves are nothing special.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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AnnaM

Poland

Ranking: 9/10

Great experience, we went around 10am (it is only open in low tide) and for $5pp it is a 15 min walk to the wide beach and the caves - when we came back to the car park an hour later there was a queue so probably best to get in first thing

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Loesje

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Make sure to check the tides. And even then there is a chance that it will be cancelled due to weather-conditions. When we were there we could enter, but we would have to get knee-deep in the water. So of course that's what we did :).
Nice experience! Beautiful big beach, with several caves. Make sure to get to the second one too, even if that one is a secret ;)

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Wendy Ward

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Private land - excellent track, great scenery and well priced $5 per adult.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Alan Munday

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk into fabulous beach should have taken togs. Needs last 20 ft drop re-making.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Louise van der Hyden

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Very impressive caves, nice walk through bushes and over the beach. But beware of wet feet!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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K Dahmer

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

$5 each. Beautiful caves on beautiful beach. Well worth the price. Trail well maintained to get to beach.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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LandJ

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

It's a good walk.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Manfred Liuduer

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Maori owned land, little admission fee, wonderful bush, tremendous view of and inside the cove, only accesible at low tides.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jonathon Heaney

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful scenery, multiple levels of difficulty.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Christiane Lindenberg

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

It shows what nature can do. It is an important walk through forest and the caves are at the beach.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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VincentD

Switzerland

Ranking: 6/10

Nice! But why do we have to pay for it?

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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Tatjane

Austria

Ranking: 8/10

If you enjoy photography then this is the place for fantastic cave framed beach photos.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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J Kempeneers

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful forest & caves; Be there in time! regarding the tide.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Lamb

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

1.5 hour walk each way over two headlands. Not easy but splendid views at each turn. Clearly defined path.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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margaret Klawitter

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic, only low tide.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Colin Church

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

A great walk. Very popular so parking can be a nightmare in peak season. Easy track in good cond.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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harryb

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Nice walk to a great beach. Good caves.

Reviewed about 11 years ago