Forest setting, sea glimpses, 1 minute from water

Bach or holiday home | The Catlins | #32883

8.9/10 (42 ratings)
  • 5 people
  • 1 bedrooms
  • 3 beds
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • No Pets
  • No smoking


  • Sunny deck, private bush-fringed living at rear of cottage. Cafe's short drive north and south.
  • Waterfalls, surfing, boating, fishing, swimming, shop & playground all withing easy reach.
  • At Papatowai you are in the very heart of the Catlins and within easy drive of all major sights.

The Catlins is a region discovered only by the discerning traveler. Off the beaten track, and home to some of the world's rarest flora and fauna, its spectacular sea-fringed forest is home to myriad native birds. Sea lions, Hector's dolphins, seals and several species of penguins including the endangered hoiho (yellow-eyed penguin) are frequent visitors to this coast.

Easy-access bush trails take the casual walker into hidden lakes, stunning waterfalls, and pristine native rain forest while the more adventurous seek out the area's well-stocked trout rivers. The famous Papatowai surf break draws visitors from afar while the opportunity to spend time in water close to the playful Hector's dolphins is an unbelievable experience.

If travelling with children, the estuary at Papatowai offers calm waters and sheltered, sunny nooks for playing, picnicking and boating. In inclement weather, explore the fascinating local museums at Owaka or Waikawa, or head for the cafe's a short drive north and south of the village.

At Papatowai, you are in one of the few areas of the Catlins where forest meets sea and you will be astounded to find that you often have the long, deserted beaches to yourself. Whether you stay in your vehicle or venture out, the Catlins offers amazing views of ocean and forest in a region that, even today, few discover.

Special conditions: Small pets may be accommodated following discussion with owners. Please enquire prior to bringing pets.


  • Bath tub
  • Easy access
  • Electric blankets
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • Shower
  • Washing machine

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom

    Large bedroom with double bed and, on request single bed.

    1 x Queen bed
    1 x Single bed

  • Kitchen/living area

    Combined living/sleeping area,Comfortable modern divan bed opens out to accommodate two people.

    1 x Fold-out sofa bed

Availability & rates*

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  • Extras: Linen FREE (included); Cleaning $25.00 per stay (optional)
  • AA Smartfuel: Get 10c/litre fuel discount when you book and stay at this property for TWO nights or more [More info]

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Default Tariff
04-Dec-16 to 04-Mar-18
$100+/night $100+/night
For up to 2 people. Extra occupants: Adults: $15/night; Children: $10/night;

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Bookings paid for through Bookabach online payments incur a 3% credit card transaction fee.

Reviews (42)

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  • Had such a nice weekend at Oyster Catcher Cottage- the location in...

    Had such a nice weekend at Oyster Catcher Cottage- the location in Papatowai was beautiful and the cottage was cute and had everything we needed.

    MaryCunningham86 100%|2x Nov 2016

  • Very cute wee crib in a very quiet location

    Very cute wee crib in a very quiet location. Top marks ????

    GlennWa4 100%|1x Nov 2016

  • We loved our stay in the Catlins

    We loved our stay in the Catlins. One suggestion - providing some handsoap for the bathroom would be really helpful!

    rmj38 100%|1x Nov 2016

  • Great location

    Great location. Very peaceful and so close to the beach. The cottage is very cute and has everything you need. The window seat is the perfect spot to curl up with a book. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to get away from the world for a few days!

    Mindy123 100%|1x Nov 2016

  • It couldn't have been better!!! A very cozy and clean cottage on...

    It couldn't have been better!!! A very cozy and clean cottage on the perfect location. Our family had a ball.

    BrittaSo1 100%|1x Oct 2016

    Owner/manager responds:

    So pleased you enjoyed your stay.

    Diana_Noonan 100%|40x

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