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.
Beautiful shorter walk, gorgeous beach and the caves were very impressive.
$5 fee was awesome value for such a beautiful walk and stunning caves. A real highlight.
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.
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.
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.
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?!
Beautiful landscape! Totally worth it!
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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!
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.
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!
A great short walk at low tide enables you to walk through this magnificent sea arch. A must visit.
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!
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.
Caves were ok but access is not free. Now have to pay $5 per person to walk to beach!
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.
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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.
Too expensive for the caves.
Nice look on the beach and an amazing cave.
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.
$5 to walk down to see some pretty spectacular caves at low-tide-donation would have been preferable.
Excellent natural tourist spot.Not keen on paying to see something naturally occurring
only $5, but a donation request would be preferable.
Nice short walk but the caves are nothing special.
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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
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 ;)
Private land - excellent track, great scenery and well priced $5 per adult.
Great walk into fabulous beach should have taken togs. Needs last 20 ft drop re-making.
Louise van der Hyden
Very impressive caves, nice walk through bushes and over the beach. But beware of wet feet!
$5 each. Beautiful caves on beautiful beach. Well worth the price. Trail well maintained to get to beach.
It's a good walk.
Maori owned land, little admission fee, wonderful bush, tremendous view of and inside the cove, only accesible at low tides.
Beautiful scenery, multiple levels of difficulty.
It shows what nature can do. It is an important walk through forest and the caves are at the beach.
Nice! But why do we have to pay for it?
If you enjoy photography then this is the place for fantastic cave framed beach photos.
Beautiful forest & caves; Be there in time! regarding the tide.
1.5 hour walk each way over two headlands. Not easy but splendid views at each turn. Clearly defined path.
Fantastic, only low tide.
A great walk. Very popular so parking can be a nightmare in peak season. Easy track in good cond.
Nice walk to a great beach. Good caves.