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Southern Secret Motel

Papatowai, Owaka, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Waimate, New Zealand
18 reviews 18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 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... More

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We stayed at Lancewood Cottage the owner also owned the motels up the road. If we had seen the cottage before we stayed we would not have stayed. When we rang we asked if the cottage was fully self contained, we didn't feel he should have said yes if it wasn't quite finished. Just because all the equipment is in... More

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Shardlow, null, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
35 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

We had been driving for 6 hours and my wife was not feeling too well, so we booked into this Motel out of neccessity really. If this had not been the case, we would not have stayed. The Host was very friendly, helpful and informative. However, the room we had left a lot to be desired. The electric kettle was... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

A wonderful motel. Craig the owner couldn't not have done more. Room was clean with everything you need to make a meal. Large room and beds very comfortable. We stayed 2 nights and could have stayed longer, it was so nice. Lovely place

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
44 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed in Erewhon, the self-contained house, which I'm sure is fine in summer. Unfortunately we couldn't use the wood-fired potbelly stove as it needed some repairs, and the electric heaters were insufficient for the winter weather. We probably made the wrong choice and should have stayed in the motel units. Although old, everything was very clean.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

We came to the catlins as a part of our honeymoon in NZ, and we were very pleased that we stayed in quirky Papantowai town. The accommodation was very clean and well equipped, and we were allowed check in early, and had our choice of accommodation. Our host was very genial and accomodating, and supplied us with all the information... More

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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
72 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2011

A very basic motel. Reasonably comfortable, with a functioning shower and kitchen. If you want to stay a night in the Catlins (which is essential if you really want to see something of the area) there is not a lot of choice. One night at the Southern Secret at $99 (Dec 2011) is a reasonable option. Dinner at the Whistling... More

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La Verne, CA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2011

We were driving across from Manapouri to Dunedin, hoping to enjoy a lovely view and make a quick stop at Slope Point. It began raining and we continued on our way. We stopped at Slope, even in the pouring rain. It was dark by the time we were done, we were soaked and we had no plans for where we... More

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Newcastle, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2011

Craig runs this small motel (4 units) in Papatowai, a central spot for touring the Catlins. The units are spacious and beautifully done up with well appointed kitchenettes and all facilities . There is plenty of shelving and hooks (something often lacking in accommodation). Although it is on the main road, the cars were few and far between. Craig has... More

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Address: Papatowai, Owaka, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region
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Ranked #2 of 2 hotels in Southland Region

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