Cathedral Caves is one of the most popular places for people to visit in the Catlins, New Zealand. Visit Tripadvisor to see reviews and visitor photos

The unique rainforest on the walk to Cathedral Caves is full of rimu, miro and totara trees, the unique red-flowering southern rata, kamahi and tree ferns, ground ferns, mosses and supplejack vines. Spot some of New Zealands birds in the bush including the inquisitive (and rare) tomtit/miromiro, fantail/pīwakawaka, grey warbler/riroriro and large native New Zealand woodpigeon/kererū. Hear the beautiful sound of bellbird/kormako and tui and spot them feeding on nectar from native flowers.

Down at the beach, you might catch sight of royal albatross, and Buller’s albatross. The cliffs and caves are a great place for little ones and adults alike to delight in some of New Zealand’s aquatic life that lives on the rocks in the area. You will see clusters of green-lipped mussel/kuku, and other shellfish/kaimoana exposed as the tide is out. The cliffs are covered in beautiful forests of native seaweeds, algae and sea plants.

A great trip for any nature or landscape photographer or enthusiast, see photos of the unique wildlife, ancient forest and geology of Cathedral Caves here.

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