Forest setting, sea glimpses, 1 minute from water

Bach or holiday home | The Catlins | #32883

8.5/10 (60 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*

Maybe booked

  • 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
23-Mar-17 to 23-Jun-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. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (60)

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  • We loved the comfortable and pleasantly decorated cottage

    We loved the comfortable and pleasantly decorated cottage. The setting was serene and beautiful. Loved our stay and departed reluctantly! The highlight of my New Zealand trip!

    JennyAk2 100%|1x Mar 2017

  • Lovely retro cottage

    Lovely retro cottage. No TV so good opportunity to catch up on some reading. Nice quiet location and close to beach and bush.

    GildaP44 100%|2x Mar 2017

  • The cottage is ideally placed in bush near the lagoon and beach...

    The cottage is ideally placed in bush near the lagoon and beach at Papatowai. We enjoyed our stay very much.

    JohnAll50 100%|1x Feb 2017

  • Enjoyed our stay in this comfortable retro cottage in the beautiful Catlins

    Enjoyed our stay in this comfortable retro cottage in the beautiful Catlins. Perfect for some peace and quiet. In walking distance of the beach and estuary and the quirky lost gypsy bus and all the hands on exhibits.

    glengh258 100%|4x Feb 2017

  • Easy stay at the oyster catcher cottage , really enjoyed ourselves

    Easy stay at the oyster catcher cottage , really enjoyed ourselves. Will book again and recommend in future.

    SyreetaNorris 100%|1x Jan 2017

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