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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 20 August 2012

We stayed in Erewhon, the self-contained house, which I'm sure is fine in summer. Unfortunately we couldn't use the wood-fired potbelly stove as it needed some repairs, and the electric heaters were insufficient for the winter weather. We probably made the wrong choice and should have stayed in the motel units. Although old, everything was very clean.

Thank Janet C
Bedford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 January 2012

We came to the catlins as a part of our honeymoon in NZ, and we were very pleased that we stayed in quirky Papantowai town. The accommodation was very clean and well equipped, and we were allowed check in early, and had our choice of accommodation. Our host was very genial and accomodating, and supplied us with all the information...

Thank John H
Reviewed 8 December 2011

A very basic motel. Reasonably comfortable, with a functioning shower and kitchen. If you want to stay a night in the Catlins (which is essential if you really want to see something of the area) there is not a lot of choice. One night at the Southern Secret at $99 (Dec 2011) is a reasonable option. Dinner at the Whistling...

Thank pgwill
La Verne, CA
Reviewed 14 November 2011

We were driving across from Manapouri to Dunedin, hoping to enjoy a lovely view and make a quick stop at Slope Point. It began raining and we continued on our way. We stopped at Slope, even in the pouring rain. It was dark by the time we were done, we were soaked and we had no plans for where we...

1Thank traylee8
Newcastle, Australia
Reviewed 18 March 2011

Craig runs this small motel (4 units) in Papatowai, a central spot for touring the Catlins. The units are spacious and beautifully done up with well appointed kitchenettes and all facilities . There is plenty of shelving and hooks (something often lacking in accommodation). Although it is on the main road, the cars were few and far between. Craig has...

2Thank Jill G
York, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 January 2011

good stay at this unusual motel. large room with good kitchenette opposite the local store (well stocked but expensive - stock up and fill up with petrol before you leave Invercargill or Balclutha). beware also the mosquitoes and sand flies. room has mozzie nets, though. excellent video library available via the owner.

1Thank Khattab_Towers
Reviewed 22 June 2010

The room was very spacious and warm - electric blankets were provided! The interior design was smart and we had a lovely forest view out the main window. All cooking facilities were provided. The owner was very friendly and has a great collection of videos you can borrow. We had amazing beach walks barely 5 mins away - including Picnic...

1Thank helen_owen
Arnhem Land, Australia
Reviewed 3 January 2010

We weren't sure if driving to the Catlin's would be worth it on our South Island trip, but it was a real highlight of our holiday. This motel in Papatowai was lovely - wonderfully clean, uniquely decorated, plenty of space to spread out and a private verandah out the back overlooking bush, it just had a great feel to the...

1Thank lc_lang
Reviewed 10 April 2009

We were quite impressed when we arrived. We stayed in Room 2. The standard of decoration was excellent throughout, the shower room was really very good and we had everything we needed. All for $100. The place itself is on the main road through Papatowai - which means it is very quiet. From the balcony we overlooked very wild land...

1Thank spock999
Droitwich Spa
Reviewed 21 May 2006

Stayed for one night during our honeymoon in March 2006. We were enjoyed the Catlins so much, we didn't get as far as we expected to in a day. We spent a day travelling from Riverton to Papatowai, visiting Waipapa Point's sealions, the southern most tip of South Island (Slope Point), Curio Bay and Purpoise Bay, where we saw dolphins...

9Thank ah135

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  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Parking

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Address: Papatowai, Owaka, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region
Number of rooms: 4
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“Avoid the Motel”
 of 5 bubbles Dodo432016, 27 Mar 2016 | Read review
“All rooms were beautiful. All very quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles chetercity, 20 Jan 2013 | Read review
“They were all lovely!”
 of 5 bubbles traylee8, 13 Nov 2011 | Read review
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