The caves can only be visited for an hour either side of the low tide. When you check the tide table make sure you factor in the twenty-minute bush walk and five-minute beach stroll to get there. There is a $5 fee charged to cross the private land to reach the caves, this goes to maintaining the access road and tracks to the beach which is not a cheap exercise.
Just south of the Cathedral Cave’s turn off, Newcastle Road has a sign that points to the start of the Mclean Falls track. The car park is at the confluence of Tautuku River and Duckaday Creek, and the twenty-minute walk takes you to the Tatuku Rivers most stunning falls.
At 22 metres high, these are the tallest falls in the Catlins, and on a hot day, the slippery scramble to the pool at the bottom of the main falls is worth the extra effort.