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    Southern Secret Motel

    2510 Papatowai Hwy., Papatowai 9586, New Zealand
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    Overview
    • Excellent32%
    • Very good26%
    • Average21%
    • Poor13%
    • Terrible8%
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    “sand flies” (2 reviews)
    “craig” (4 reviews)
    Free Parking
    Non-Smoking Rooms
    Kitchenette
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    1 - 5 of 23 reviews

    Reviewed March 17, 2017 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,...More

    Thank AnOregonFamily
    Reviewed February 18, 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...More

    Thank Igorcrook
    Reviewed February 13, 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...More

    Thank DMon707
    Reviewed May 5, 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...More

    Thank Tony1992NZ
    Reviewed March 27, 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...More

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    About
    Amenities
    • Top amenities
    • Free Parking
    • Hotel Amenities
    • Free Parking
    • Room amenities
    • Refrigerator in room
    Details
    • Room types
    • Kitchenette ,
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Number of rooms
    • 4
    • Location
    • New Zealand >
    • South Island >
    • Otago Region >
    • Papatowai
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    Room Tips
    "#4, with the bum kitchen light and broken bathroom fan is the most private."
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    "Avoid the Motel"
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    "All rooms were beautiful. All very quiet."
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    "They were all lovely!"
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