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Thomas's Catlins Lodge And Camp Ground
Perth, Australia
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59 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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“Highly recommend to stay on the way through”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

The YHA in Owaka was a very interesting experience. It is an old hospital that was closed down due to a population decline in the area and the hostel owner has kept a few of the hospital props, so when we arrived to a deserted hostel we were quite creeped out. However, the owner was very friendly and his dog very cute and well behaved. The communal areas were very big and comfortable. We even had an impromptu jam of a German man playing the organ and two Korean men whipping out their violins to some classical music. It was an experience like nothing I've seen in a hostel before.
The owner was nice enough to give us our own room because they were very quiet (which to our annoyance, most hostels don't do) and he helped us with any requests we had!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

Stopped off here for a one night stay. Excellent facilities with free pool and movies. Very clean and Nigel was most welcoming. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for affordable accommodation in Owaka. One of the best hostels I have stayed in on my trip of new Zealand.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

We spent the night at Thomas's as we passed through the Catlins. It was priced reasonably and had everything that we needed. The pool table was free and there were a variety of DVD's to pick from so that we could watch a movie in the common room. The place looked very clean and the bathrooms and showers that we used (both men's and women's) were both very clean. The kitchen was huge and spotless. Nigel, who was running the office, was more than pleasant and the rest of the people staying there were quite nice too. It was a quiet place to stay and I'd certainly stay next time I passed through Owaka.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

This youth hostel is not a reflection of the other youth hostels in new zealand luckily, however a very disappointing stay. The place is covered in dog hair as the hostel dog is aloud to roam free over all the sofas and chairs, the place is cluttered with bits and bobs, dead fly's are all over all the window sills, we even found a dead moth in the sugar pot in the kitchen. The ladies toilets and bathroom were disgusting, dried skid marks in the pan and months worth of hair down the shower drains, we cleaned the showers sinks and toilets before we used them as they were repulsive. The pictures on the website were obviously taken a long time ago, and as you enter the building you are greeted by a hand made sign that says ' close the door FFS'! amazing unprofessional.
The whole building needs a cleaner and a make over, so until then i would not advise staying there! however the Catlins area is beautiful and all the other hostels we stayed in in new zealand were lovely.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Cromwell, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

The manager is very friendly and knowledgeable of the local area. The building itself has character not like these modern ones you generally get today. Plenty of space inside and out to find a sunny quiet corner to spend the day reading or just chilling.

I could rabbit on but the place speaks for itself.

Truly was a top stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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Perth City, Western Australia, Australia
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

This was our first stop when we started travelling again after 4 months of working. There was no one to greet us when we arrived, the owner had gone to town to get his dinner and left the place all unlocked. We let ourselves in, took a look around and made some food before he finally arrived. We had our pick of the rooms. Literally. He told us to find one we liked and put out stuff in. In all fairness the place is extremely clean, quiet and has all the facilities EXCEPT hot water. This is controlled by a coal boiler that only operates once a day and both my partner and myself had ice cold showers. At the end of the day there was a bed and a roof (albeit a leaky one in the hall) over our heads.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Three friends and I, travelling independantly, stayed here.
We loved it.
Great facilities - Kitchen; set up to cater a hospital, Reading /sunroom, Pool room, etc.
Scooters brought some smiles.
Plenty of interaction with other guests - World travellers.
So much nicer than being stuck in a box as in a motel.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Thomas's Catlins Lodge And Camp Ground
Address: Corner Ryley and Clark Streets, Owaka, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Owaka
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Owaka
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Number of rooms: 20
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