Forest setting, sea glimpses, 1 minute from water

Bach or holiday home | The Catlins | #32883

8.7/10 (38 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
25-Oct-16 to 25-Jan-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 (38)

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  • 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 new member Oct 2016

  • Nice place

    Nice place.

    XavierN6 100%|1x Oct 2016

  • Just the perfect spot and well equipped

    Just the perfect spot and well equipped. Hope to make another booking in the future, that dawn chorus was amazing!

    MeganBl7 new member Oct 2016

  • Lovely relaxed accommodation situated in a wondering environmental

    Lovely relaxed accommodation situated in a wondering environmental. Loved it.

    glenis474 100%|4x Oct 2016

  • clean property and beautiful bird song in the native bush surrounding

    clean property and beautiful bird song in the native bush surrounding.

    JennyMa13 100%|3x Sep 2016

    Owner/manager responds:

    Thanks, Jenny. So kind of you to have popped the laundry in the machine. Keith really appreciated that. Sorry I wasn't at Papatowai to say hello.

    Diana_Noonan 100%|32x

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