These chalets are located on a hillside, 7km up an unsealed road and with a view overlooking a sheep paddock to tree-clad hills.
Those of you coming from outside New Zealand need to remember that the Eco status is measured against the abysmal NZ building standards; many of the features would be standard, at least in N Europe. The accommodation was clean, well-kept and comfortable. The kitchen was small but adequate. There are no connections with the outside world (i.e. TV, radio, internet or mobile phone coverage).
If you are looking for a place that is remote, peaceful and comfortable, enjoy this type of scenery and have the means to keep yourself amused, this will be the perfect place for you. On the other hand, if you are interested in exploring the countryside, wish to plan some tramping or want to know the weatherforecast, you would be better off finding somewhere with connections to the modern world. Since I am only rating this accommodation as average, you will not be surprised to learn that whilst I love walking in remote countryside, I have no desire to live in it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close to the Catlins River Track for walks, cycling, bird watching, or trout fishing and a 30 minute drive to the attractions of Nugget Point (rugged coast and yellow eyed penguins); Surat Bay (Hooker's sealions), Purakaunui Falls, Papatowai beach and forest, Tautuku Bay, 45 minutes to Cathedral Caves and Curio Bay petrified forest. The cottages are private, luxurious, eco-friendly studio units with wide views over forest and farm land of the upper Catlins River Valley. Mohua Park is a 14 hectare forest reserve and garden with many winding tracks, lookouts and picnic seats and tables for guests to explore and enjoy the varied native and planted forest, valley views and abundant birds. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Catlins Mohua Park Southland Region/Owaka, New Zealand