Welcome to Cathedral Caves

Catlins, South Otago, South Island, New Zealand

 

Situated just off the Southern Scenic Route, Catlins, New Zealand at the northern end of Waipati beach, south of Tautuku.

From the car park at the end of the 2km access road (an old logging road) there is a pleasant 20 minute walk through natural podocarp and kamahi forest, over a metalled track leading down to a 10 minute walk along Waipati beach.  At the south end of Waipati beach is Chaslands Head, the historic Catlins site of the shipwreck of The Otago.


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  • The access gate to Cathedral caves is opened and closed approximately 2 hours before and after low tide depending on daily sea conditions. 

  • Access is not available before 7.30 am or after 8.30pm.

  •  In the event of either unsafe access or tidal conditions the access gate will remain closed in the interest of public safety.

  • A road /track user fee is charged to maintain and upgrade the facilities most of which are on privately owned land administered by the Tautuku Block X Section 3C Trust.

Freak waves can occur even at low tide. 

                                                                                                  

Low Tide Times 2013 / 2014

 


October

 


November


December


January

1

T

1851

1

F

1937

1

S

0732
1955

1

W

 0854 

2

W

1931

2

S

0801
2021

2

M

0822
2045

2

T

0946

3

T

0751

3

S

0846
2106

3

T

0913

3

F

1036

4

F

0832

4

M

0932

4

W

1003

4

S

1127

5

S

0913

5

T

1020

5

T

1053

5

S

1219

6

S

0955

6

W

1109

6

F

1145

6

M

1312

7

M

1039

7

T

1200

7

S

1239

7

T

1408

8

T

1126

8

F

1255

8

S

1355

8

W

1508

9

W

1215

9

S

1353

9

M

1434

9

T

1609

10

T

1318

10

S

1456

10

T

1536

10

F

1711

11

F

1407

11

M

1600

11

W

1638

11

S

1809

12

S

1512

12

T

1703

12

T

1737

12

S

1901

13

S

1620

13

W

1801

13

F

1832

13

M

1948

14

M

1725

14

T

1854

14

S

2023

14

T

 0813  2032

15

T

1823

15

F

1943

15

S

0749
2009

15

W

 0855 

16

W

1915

16

S

0809  2029

16

M

0834
2053

16

T

0933

17

T

 0741  2004

17

S

0854  2113

17

T

0917

17

F

1008

18

F

 0829  2050

18

M

0937

18

W

0956

18

S

1043

19

S

0915

19

T

1019

19

T

1034

19

S

1119

20

S

0959

20

W

1059

20

F

1111

20

M

1155

21

M

  1042

21

T

1138

21

S

1148

21

T

1235

22

T

1124

22

F

1217

22

S

1226

22

W

1318

23

W

1216

23

S

1258

23

M

1306

23

T

1407

24

T

1250

24

S

1343

24

T

1351

24

F

1502

25

F

1335

25

M

1432

25

W

closed

25

S

1603

26

S

1426

26

T

1526

26

T

1537

26

S

1709

27

S

1523

27

W

1623

27

F

1637

27

M

1813

28

M

1622

28

T

1719

28

S

1738

28

T

1912

29

T

1716

29

F

1813

29

S

1836

29

W

2008

30

W

1806

30

S

1904

30

M

1932

30

T

  0836 

31

T

1852

 

 

 

31

T

0802
2026

31

F

 0928

                          


DISCLAIMER

 

The Trust at all times attempts to keep the public informed as to safety issues relating to Waipati Beach/Cathedral Caves however, as local weather and sea conditions can change rapidly the public are warned that they need to be aware of and are personally responsible for their immediate personal safety at all times. 

 

Accordingly the Trust takes no responsibility for any personal injury or  property damaged whilst on the foreshore (beach).

 

The Trust accepts no responsibility as to the accuracy of the information contained in these tables which are intended as a guide only. * Daylight saving

 

 

Cathedral Caves is not open on Christmas Day.

 

The caves can only be accessed at low tide. 


Please ensure you refer to the tide charts.
 

Additional tide charts below.


Photographs


Cathedral Caves & Tide Charts for the Year


Catlins, New Zealand

 

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            Pictured above are the first and second caves which join. 
            This allows you to enter one and exit through the other as
            you choose.  The inside ceiling of the first cave reaches 30
            metres in sections - making it a great place to test out your
            singing voice.
  Remember to look up as you enter and see
            the definite cathedral shape. Cathedral Caves, Catlins,
            South Island, New Zealand.



Waipati Beach from inside the cave.  Chaslands Head in the distance. Cathedral Caves, Catlins, South Island, New Zealand.

Low Tide at Cathedral Caves.  Cathedral Caves, Catlins, South Island, New Zealand.
 

The varied colours and rock formations surround you - as you explore these natural wonders.  Cathedral Caves, Catlins, South Island, New Zealand.
 

A torch can enhance your viewing inside the caves.  If you have a torch - bring it with you.   Cathedral Caves, Catlins, South Island, New Zealand.



Low Tide Times February 2014 - May 2014
 


February
 


March


April


May

1

S

1018

1

S

0908

1

T

1021

1

T

0944

2

S

1107

2

S

0956

2

W

1108

2

F

1029

3

M

1157

3

M

1044

3

T

1155

3

S

1115

4

T

1247

4

T

1132

4

F

1243

4

S

1202

5

W

1341

5

W

1221

5

S

1334

5

M

1251

6

T

1437

6

T

1312

6

S

  1330
 
* Daylight Saving

6

T

1344

7

F

1539

7

F

1406

7

M

1429

7

W

1438

8

S

1632

8

S

1505

8

T

1529

8

T

1532

9

S

1742

9

S

1609

9

W

1624

9

F

1623

10

M

1836

10

M

1710

10

T

1713

10

S

1771

11

T

1924

11

T

              1805

11

F

1756

11

S

1757

12

W

0749  2007

12

W

1853

12

S

1837

12

M

1842

13

T

0829  2046

13

T

1935

13

S

1917

13

T

1926

14

F

0905 

14

F

2014

14

M

1956

14

W

0747 

15

S

0940

15

S

2051

15

T

0815  2037

15

T

0832 

16

S

1015

16

S

0909

16

W

0856

16

F

0919

17

M

1050

17

M

0945

17

T

0939

17

S

1008

18

T

1127

18

T

1022

18

F

1024

18

S

1100

19

W

1207

19

W

1102

19

S

1114

19

M

1154

20

T

1251

20

T

1144

20

S

1207

20

T

1252

21

F

1340

21

F

1230

21

M

1306

21

W

1353

22

S

1436

22

S

1322

22

T

1409

22

T

1456

23

S

1539

23

S

1419

23

W

1515

23

F

1558

24

M

1647

24

M

1523

24

T

1618

24

S

1656

25

T

1754

25

T

1631

25

F

1717

25

S

1751

26

W

1855

26

W

1736

26

S

1811

26

M

1843

27

T

1950

27

T

1836

27

S

1903

27

T

1932

28

F

0818  2043

28

F

1931

28

M

1951

28

W

0753 

 

 

 

29

S

2023

29

T

 0815 

29

T

0838

 

 

 

30

S

0847  2112

30

W

0859

30

F

0922

 

 

 

31

M

0934

 

 

 

31

S

1005



Low Tide Times June 2014 - September 2014
 


June
 

 

July

 

August

 

September

1

S

1047

1

T

1057

1

F

1142

1

M

1243

2

M

1130

2

W

1136

2

S

1224

2

T

1339

3

T

1213

3

T

1217

3

S

1312

3

W

1442

4

W

1258

4

F

1301

4

M

1406

4

T

1550

5

T

1346

5

S

1350

5

T

1508

5

F

1656

6

F

1437

6

S

1444

6

W

1613

6

S

1755

7

S

1531

7

M

1542

7

T

1716

7

S

1849

8

S

1624

8

T

1642

8

F

1815

8

M

1940

9

M

1717

9

W

1740

9

S

             1909

9

T

0806

10

T

1809

10

T

1835

10

S

0734 

10

W

0856

11

W

1859

11

F

0701

11

M

0826 

11

T

0945

12

T

1949

12

S

0753

12

T

0916

12

F

1034

13

F

2038

13

S

0844

13

W

1007

13

S

1125

14

S

0901

14

M

0935

14

T

1058

14

S

1217

15

S

0952

15

T

1027

15

F

1150

15

M

1314

16

M

1045

16

W

1120

16

S

1244

16

T

1415

17

T

1139

17

T

1214

17

S

1342

17

W

1521

18

W

1235

18

F

1310

18

M

1445

18

T

1622

19

T

1333

19

S

1409

19

T

1550

19

F

1716

20

F

1434

20

S

1511

20

W

1651

20

S

1802

21

S

1535

21

M

1614

21

T

1744

21

S

1843

22

S

1635

22

T

1713

22

F

1831

22

M

0702  1920

23

M

1732

23

W

1806

23

S

1913

23

T

0738  1955

24

T

1825

24

T

0629 

24

S

0732 

24

W

0814  2030

25

W

0648

25

F

0715 

25

M

0809

25

T

0850

26

T

0734

26

S

0757

26

T

0845

26

F

0927

27

F

0818

27

S

0836

27

W

0919

27

S

1000

28

S

0900

28

M

0913

28

T

0955

28

S

 1147 
 
*Daylight Saving

29

S

0940

29

T

0949

29

F

1032

29

M

1232

30

M

1019

30

W

1025

30

S

1111

30

T

1322

 

 

 

31

T

1102

31

S

1155

 

 

 



Low Tide Times October 2014 - January 2015

 

 

October
 

 

November

 

December

 

January

1

W

1419

1

S

1612

1

M

1653

1

T

1801

2

T

1523

2

S

1715

2

T

1753

2

F

1853

3

F

1631

3

M

1814

3

W

1849

3

S

1939

4

S

1736

4

T

1909

4

T

1941

4

S

0805  2023

5

S

           1835

5

W

2000

5

F

0809  2031

5

M

0837  2104

6

M

0703

6

T

             2049

6

S

0858

6

T

0927

7

T

0756  2019

7

F

0915

7

S

0944

7

W

1006

8

W

0846  2108

8

S

1003

8

M

1028

8

T

1046

9

T

0935

9

S

1049

9

T

1112

9

F

1127

10

F

1023

10

M

1136

10

W

1154

10

S

1209

11

S

1111

11

T

1222

11

T

1237

11

S

1253

12

S

1200

12

W

1310

12

F

1320

12

M

1341

13

M

1250

13

T

1401

13

S

1406

13

T

1431

14

T

1343

14

F

1455

14

S

1435

14

W

1525

15

W

1441

15

S

1552

15

M

1548

15

T

1621

16

T

1542

16

S

1647

16

T

1643

16

F

1715

17

F

1643

17

M

1738

17

W

1737

17

S

1807

18

S

1738

18

T

1824

18

T

1827

18

S

1858

19

S

1825

19

W

1907

19

F

1926

19

M

1947

20

M

1907

20

T

1949

20

S

0743  2004

20

T

1816  2037

21

T

  1945

21

F

2031

21

S

0830

21

W

0904  2126

22

W

0805  2022

22

S

0855

22

M

0918

22

T

0954

23

T

0843  2100

23

S

0939

23

T

1006

23

F

1044

24

F

0921

24

M

1024

24

W

1054

24

S

1136

25

S

1001

25

T

1110

25

T

1143

25

S

1231

26

S

1043

26

W

1159

26

F

1235

26

M

1330

27

M

1127

27

T

1252

27

S

1329

27

T

1432

28

T

1215

28

F

1348

28

S

1427

28

W

1538

29

W

1306

29

S

1447

29

M

1528

29

T

1643

30

T

1403

30

S

1550

30

T

1631

30

F

1743

31

F

1506

 

 

 

31

W

1733

31

S

1836

 

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