Cathedral Caves


Cathedral Caves in the Catlins, South Island, is becoming an ever-popular tourist destination, with around 60,000 road users a year visiting the Catlins area. Due to changing tide levels, daylight hours and weather conditions, the caves are sometimes closed to visitors.

Creative Brief

Cathedral Caves, in the Catlins, wanted to update their website to 2018. They wanted to make it really easy for visitors to see whether the caves were open or closed and for volunteers or workers onsite to easily be able to update the website, should the weather adversely affect the tides and cause a closure.


Turboweb sent a professional photographer down to the Catlins with a wide range of camera gear to beautifully capture the Cathedral Caves, with it’s unique and beautiful environment, wildlife, and landscape. The photographer documented the journey to and from the caves through ancient podocarp rainforest and along the beach, capturing the unique flora.


With just one click, visitors to the Cathedral Caves, Catlins website know whether the caves are open or closed, how much it costs to visit, to bring cash and that it’s a dog-free environment, thanks to the homepage. The website utilises the beautiful photography of this beautiful landscape. It also includes an FAQ page, for anyone who wants to be well prepared before their visit. The website also talks about the geography and human history of the region, giving visitors a unique insight into the Cathedral Caves, south of Tautuku.

Custom Development

Turboweb worked closely with Cathedral Caves to create a unique tide calendar that would automatically tell visitors what times the caves are available to visit, calculated off tide times and daylight hours. It visually shows visitors the tides and daylight, which can help people to visually understand. People can also plan ahead, with tide times and daylight hours for the month displayed on the website.