Travel to the seaside village of Kaka Point (15 minute drive from Tiromoana).
It has a beautiful beach right on its door step which is perfect to take the family. During the summer season, the beach is monitored by life guards. Relax and take a swim or a surf within the safety of the flags. Stroll along the beach and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Kaka Point.
Nugget Point is a wildlife reserve best known for its unique wave eroded rock formations which resemble golden nuggets. The 20 minute walk to the lighthouse and viewing platform rewards the traveller with dramatic scenery of the Nuggets but also a seal colony which is inhabited by Hooker Sea lions, the N Z Fur Sea lion and sometimes Elephant Seals have been spotted sunning themselves on the rocks below the Light House as well.
Just below the Nugget Point carpark is another wildlife experience which is a must to see. Roaring Bay offers a discreet viewing platform to view the native and endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin (Hoiho). These are best observed at dawn or dusk when they are entering or exiting the sea for feeding.
On your travels back to Owaka, stop at Cannibal Bay where you are sure to see Sea Lions upfront and personal right on the beach. Please keep your distance and be aware that these are wild animals. While they may look lazy and slow, they are in fact very quick if they feel threatened at all! The majority of the time they just like to sunbathe and snooze.
To complete your exploring for the day, Purakanui Falls will finish your adventure on a fantastic note. Just 10 minutes from Jacks Bay – Purakaunui Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Catlins and the most photographed!! The 10 minute walk into the falls is just gorgeous and the end result .. magical. Highly Recommended!
Access to the Caves is two hours either side of low tide so you need to find out when low tide is from the information centre (we will have low tide information in the house for you), and organise around this time frame. It will take you approx. 30 – 40 minutes to drive to the Caves carpark. There is also a small fee payable on arrival as access is via private road – so please have some cash on you as there is no eftpos facilities available.
The walk down to Waipati beach is through lovely bush and is approx. 30 minutes one way. You then walk along the beach to the caves and if the tide allows, through the caves.
Within 500 metres of the Cathedral Cave access road is the McLean Falls access road and the Whistling Frog Café & Bar.