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Hilltop Accommodation Catlins

77 Tahakopa Valley Rd, Papatowai, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We stayed for one night in the upper house. It is a group experience. All four rooms were filled when we stayed. Everyone was very friendly and considerate. The kitchen facilites are good and the view from the living area and patio outside are spectacular. There is no ensuite in this house and there are 2 shared bathrooms. The prices... More 

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Stuart M, Owner at Hilltop Accommodation Catlins, responded to this review

We are pleased you enjoyed staying at Hilltop even if we were quite full the night you stayed. Sorry you found your bed uncomfortable, but I can not remember anyone else ever mentioning that More 

Waihi, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The Top house was where we stayed great place good price, everything there that we needed, we would reccommend it to anyone. We had easy acccess to all the Catlins sightseeing spots. Comfortable and clean beds, We had the house to ourselves,

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Stuart M, Manager at Hilltop Accommodation Catlins, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Unfortunately we were never able to stay at Hilltop as we were involved in a car accident and missed this part of the trip. But I would just like to say thank you too Hilltop as despite us having to cancel on such short notice, they still issued us with a full refund. After the difficult couple of days we... More 

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Stuart M, Owner at Hilltop Accommodation Catlins, responded to this review

Sorry about your accident and hope you can stay at Hilltop in the future More 

Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We booked the en-suite room in the lower cottage. Had the cottage all to ourselves the first night, which was really romantic. Shared it with two single travellers the next night, which was no problem at all. The situation is perfect (if you have a car) - set up on the hillside overlooking the bay, surrounded by fields and sheep.... More 

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Stuart M, Owner at Hilltop Accommodation Catlins, responded to this review

Pleased you liked our country setting More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Finding Hilltop was easy with the spot on instructions given at time of booking, we decided to head there just before it got dark, as knew there was no cell phone signal. We checked in easy (we were staying in the lower house, in the double en suite room), and were lucky enough to have the whole house to ourselves.... More 

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Stuart M, Owner at Hilltop Accommodation Catlins, responded to this review

Thanks for the lovely photos and your review. Yes it is a good idea to settle in at Hilltop before it gets too late in the evening More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I was on a multi-day drive through the Catlins, and booked two nights here. I arrived at night, and there's very little lighting. So finding the place was difficult. It was up a long driveway and there are two guest houses. I never saw the owner, as we only spoke via phone twice. The area is devoid of cellphone service... More 

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Stuart M, Owner at Hilltop Accommodation Catlins, responded to this review

We are sorry that you did not find our lodge more appealing. The attraction of our area is the peace and tranquillity of our rural accommodation. Cellphone and internet services are coming to this little place in the middle of nowhere, hopefully soon. There is a local store around one kilometre away, and some emergency food supplies are available. We... More 

Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Located high on a rise, the views are stunning with miles and miles of rolling hills dotted with sheep, edged by dark forests that end at a bay. We booked the double room en suite in the lower house. The house also has a room with 4 bunk beds but we were very lucky to have the house all to... More 

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Stu125, Owner at Hilltop Accommodation Catlins, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely comments. We are pleased you enjoyed the tranquillity of Hilltop More 

Canberra, Australia
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42 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Stayed at Hilltop on a quick visit to the Catlins and on the recommendation of Dunedin i-site. I stayed in the twin room and Hilltop gave me a good price for one night. # doubles and 1 twin in the top house, a lounge, large kitchen and separate meals area. 2 bathrooms and laundry equipment in the garage. All beautifully... More 

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Stu125, Owner at Hilltop Accommodation Catlins, responded to this review

Thanks for staying at Hilltop. Pleased you followed the Dunedin i-site recommendation. Great advice to fellow travellers on filling up with fuel and food supplies before venturing into central Catlins, a fairly isolated place. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

This is an astonishing place with fabulous views and the scent of fennel and lavender. Birds swoop and glide and the distant cliffs and beach entice. This is more like a B&B or homestay where you cater for yourself. It was clean and welcoming. An ideal spot to base a walking trip. Bed was comfortable and even had the place... More 

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Stu125, Owner at Hilltop Accommodation Catlins, responded to this review

Thanks for your perfect review. We couldn't ask for more More 

London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Travelled on the SSR from Te Anau and this makes a great stop off before our next stop at Oamaru. Arrived pretty late but had brought provisions to make dinner & breakfast. Didn't think to bring milk as this had been provided at other stops - so had to do without a cup of tea! Felt a bit spooky on... More 

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Stu125, Owner at Hilltop Accommodation Catlins, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. We are a great central stop on the Southern Scenic Route. Sorry the outdoor sensor light did not come on for you, and the TV remotes can be a little challenging, but thanks for choosing to stay at Hilltop More 

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