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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Papatowai is a tiny spot on a remote road. And Southern Secret is no Ritz Carleton with Egyptian cotton towels. I give it 3 stars, but that's an "I'd stop and stay there again" 3 stars. We were tired after a long day of driving, and arrived hours after dark. So, very grateful that Craig came out to greet us....

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Reviewed 19 February 2017

My partner had been here before and loved it. Nestled in the trees, lovely bird song. However, self service arrival. We made reservations for the last minute at a restaurant 20 minutes away. The manager walks up and demands card processing right then because"he is busy" In the morning, on the way out he confronts my partner and aggressively asks...

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Thank Igorcrook
San Francisco
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Perfect location for cycle tourists overnighting in Papatowai. The only place to buy hot food -- or any food, for that matter-- is just across the street. Apartment four was beautifully appointed, with complete privacy and quiet, with wilderness views from all windows and the spacious front deck. Watch out for sand flies!! Manager has loads of local knowledge about...

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Thank DMon707
Levin, New Zealand
Reviewed 6 May 2016

Southern Secret Motel is in the central part of the Catlins, very handy to attractions like Cathedral Caves, McLean Falls, the Whistling Frog restaurant, and the fascinating Lost Gypsy gallery. The rooms are clean, comfortable and spacious, and Craig the host is a mine of helpful information about the area’s attractions, as well as being very friendly. We can definitely...

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Thank tonystraw
Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 27 March 2016

We arrived at the Motel where we had booked a room for 4 days. When I asked where the guest laundry was I was told there wasn't one as the motel was on tank water. I was told I should have done the laundry in Invercargil! We were then directed to a launderette in Balclutha which was an hours drive...

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Thank Dodo432016
Selby, United Kingdom
Reviewed 7 November 2015

This motel is different yet beguiling so we came back. The chalets are well equipped. cosy and have a character of their own. The rooms are quiet and tucked away beside the road. We overlooked the shrubs around and had a balcony. Our host is prone to leaving the keys to let guests settle in themselves and has a casual...

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Thank Johns658247
Port Kennedy WA
Reviewed 3 April 2015

Not 5 star but not far off it. Turned up late 7.30 but nothing too much trouble for the owner. The studio room is tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean ...what a pleasure it was to stay there. Peaceful and quiet we had room 3 The bed was a tad too soft for us but we have that problem wherever we...

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Garner, North Carolina
Reviewed 18 September 2014

Though the motel is very small--3-4 units and a bit dated, the rooms we had were very clean and the beds comfortable. The location is very good for going through the Catlins area of the South Island. It's about 1/2 across. It is walking distance to The Lost Gypsy Gallery. The town itself is extremely small.

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Waimate, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 April 2014

Our motel unit was dated but clean. A shame about the first general impression from the road which is slightly dilapidated and off-putting because everything inside our unit was OK and we felt it to be good value for only $99 per night.

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Invercargill, New Zealand
Reviewed 6 January 2014

Doing a trip through the Catlins we wanted a halfway stopping point so we had time to take in all the attractions. This motel was ideal, clean, all facilities, comfortable and close to the store. The manager was very helpful with local information. The price was reasonable. The extra sofa bed was not very comfortable for 2 people but ok...

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  • Free Parking
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • 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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“#4, with the bum kitchen light and broken bathroom fan is the most private.”
 of 5 bubbles Igorcrook, 18 Feb 2017 | Read review
“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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