The local attraction in the area of Patatowai are the Cathedral Caves, sea caves on the beach. These are only accessible at low tide, so timing was important. We learned that we could access the caves at 9:20 in the morning so we were at the parking lot at the appointed time and were on our way to the beach.
The path to the beach was downhill and through a dense forest. I was reminded of many of the forests depicted in Lord of The Rings! It was very lush and filled with different plants and foliage.
We walked through the caves and in the very back of them, in the rubble were several blue penguins taking care of their nests. Incredible.
We left the caves through an adjoining tunnel and the tide was already coming in so we had to leave. We made our way back to the path in the woods, and climbed the hill back to the parking lot, which was no small feet as it was about 15 minutes straight up.