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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

I had a wonderful 2 nights visit to the Catlins based at Robbies B&B in Owaka. It was very comfortable with very nice continental breakfasts, but Robbie exceeded all expectations by being so welcoming, a great host and so generous. I highly recommend Robbie's B&B and I will definitely stay again in the future. Thanks Robbie.

Thank ChrisAuckland20
Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this review

Thanks Chris for taking the time to write this great review and pleased you enjoyed your stay with me and the Catlins area. Cheers Robbie.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staying at the Catlins Retreat is an ideal location for exploring all the sights that the Catlins offer. The host Robbie was very helpful even before we arrived. Suggesting places we could stop at on route, he even gave us the time for the low tide on our day of arrival so that we could see the cathedral cave. We...

Thank virginbeautie
Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this review

Thanks M and T for the great review.it was nice to have you stay and am so happy that you enjoyed your stay and what the Catlins has to offer. Have a safe trip home,and we may meet again. Cheers Robbie.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our accommodations were excellent, and the thoughtful host, Robbie, provided thorough guidance for our trip through the Catlins, including making dinner reservations for us. The guest house is very clean and tidy, rooms are on the first floor and generously furnished, and the sitting/dining room is welcoming. The breakfast was adequate.

Thank TravelingGramma005
Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this review

Thank you Virginia for the lovely review and your warm comments and I'm pleased you enjoyed my home and the Catlins area. Cheers Robbie.

Cheyenne, Wyoming
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Stayed 3 days in Owaka to explore the Catlins. Robbie treated us more like family than paying guests, and was most helpful in pointing out places to see, things to do. Room was spacious and well equipped. We couldn't have had a better stay.

Thank Ralph N
Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this review

Thanks Ralph and Stephanie for the review. It's good to have nice people to stay and to be able to share the Catlins area with them and all it has to offer. Cheers Robbie.

Reviewed 5 January 2017

Thanks Robbie, we really enjoyed our stay with you and particularly your knowledge of the area. We would gladly recommend your home to others. It has all the creature comforts of home. Regards Brian and Bridget

Thank Brian R
Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this review

Thanks Brian and Bridget for your great review and i'm pleased you enjoyed the Catlins area with the weather gods helping you out most days. Cheers Robbie

Los Alamos, New Mexico
Reviewed 18 December 2016

This B&B is a gem. Robbie is such a gracious and helpful host. He helped direct us to great penguin viewing, he ensured we had a reservation waiting for us a the Lumberjack restaurant (not to be missed, by the way!) and he assembled a wonderful breakfast. The room was very comfortable and quiet, with many special touches including little...

Thank Carolyn M
Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this review

Thanks Carolyn for a great review,it;s always easy to deal with nice people and i'm glad you enjoyed staying with me in the Catlins region. Cheers Robbie

Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Our family of 3 adults and 2 children enjoyed Robbie's hospitality immensely. Upon arrival in the late afternoon, he quickly pointed out to us that as the weather was due to change for the worse the following day, we should head out to Nugget Point lighthouse. We did so and even managed to catch a view of a yellow-eyed penguin...

Thank TanSH04
Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this review

Thanks Tan for the great review,I'm pleased your family enjoyed the stay with me and enjoyed the Catlins area. Cheers Robbie.

Vienna, Austria
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Really enjoyed our stay at this character guest house. Robbie went out of his way to ensure we were well looked after, with recommendations on local eateries, and he served up a great breakfast too. Definitely recommended

Thank SteveXNZ
Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this review

Hi,thanks Steve for the great review .I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and what the Catlins has to offer. Cheers Robbie.

Reviewed 28 November 2016

Robbie was already waiting for us when we arrived at the B&B. We had a choice of rooms as we were the only ones there. We got some info on how best to organize seeing the local attractions and where to go for dinner (not a lot of choice in Owaka ;-) )

Thank on4bam
Robbie H, Owner at Catlins Retreat Guest House, responded to this review

Thank's for your great review and I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay in the Catlins. Cheers Robbie.

Auckland Region, New Zealand
Reviewed 29 March 2016

We stayed for four nights during the Owaka 150th celebrations in January. It was a lovely comfortable stay and Robbie, the host, was fantastic. Very welcoming, knowledgeable and friendly with lovely breakfasts every day and nothing too much trouble. It felt like staying with family. Can't recommend this place highly enough, will definitely stay there again next time we are...

Thank JCDC5

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Comfortable Bed&Breakfast in the Old Doctors Residance and Practise, built in the year 1900. Your host Robbie Hodge. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Catlins Retreat Guest House

Address: 27 Main Road | Catlins, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Owaka
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Catlins Retreat Guest House Owaka, Southland Region
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