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The caves are closed

Caves Closed for Winter - open again October

The caves are closed

Caves Closed for Winter - open again October


Cathedral Caves

Cathedral Caves are a highlight for visitors to The Catlins. Located in cliffs at the northern end of pristine Waipati Beach, they have attracted international interest for their length - the two sea-formed passages together measure just on 200 metres - and their impressive height, up to 30 metres.

Popular for decades, this outstanding natural feature is 15km south of the village of Papatowai and 2km off the highway. From the car park, a one-kilometre walking track descends through lush coastal forest to the beach. Visitors cross Maori freehold land, which is managed by a trust.


There is a small charge for the use of the car park and access to the bush track, beach and caves.

Children under 5 - Free

Children 5 - 14 yrs - $2

Adults 15 and over - $10

Card payment only




Opening hours are variable and limited. Check the website on the day of your visit

Access to the Cathedral Caves is only possible when tides, weather, sea-swell and other conditions allow. Current opening hours are displayed on the homepage of the website. Email us for more information.


  • dogfree
    Dog free enviroment to look after the wildlife
  • carpark
    Secure carpark
  • currency
    $10 per adult, $2 per child, EFTPOS available
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