Stop for one night at Catlins area we chose this lodge. It was really nice stay, very good spacious room with triple comfy beds, and very quiet at night for really decent sleep. The shared bathrooms and toilet were clean and good. The shared kitchen was OK with some kitchen stuff available, next to the dining table and living room with TV, sofa and some brochures and books, the deck outside is good for sitting and enjoy the landscape and the bay at the distance. Location is at walking distances to the CurioSpace and Petrified Forest, all good.
My daughter is backpacking in NZ and booked this hostel. She arrived at about 3.00 and there was a note saying the manager would be back at 5.00. Not convenient after a long journey but she hung around. By 7.00 there was still no sign. My daughter left 3 voicemail messages on the number on the notice. There was no one there at all, although my daughter could get in she could only access a dorm room. Luckily about an hour later another girl showed up. They found another unlocked bathroom and kitchen around the back. Still no sign of manager and no calls returned. About 9.00 a couple turned up. They all decided to sleep in the same dorm and lick the door as the door to the hostel was still open. The manager finally arrived after 9 the following morning! What a shambles. This is not what you expect from a business. There were a few apologies but no explanation and no offer of a partial refund. I would not advise anyone to book this place.
Located conveniently in Curio bay, this lodge caters to those that don’t mind sharing bathroom facilities. Double bed, comfortable, warm room, bedding ok but nothing more in the room. Bathroom is basic but functional. Communal cooking, common lounge area supplied with DVDs, books etc. Rustic and rough but adequate as there is limited selection in the area. Easy access to the beach, quiet (surroundings) and good location to star gaze.
Ok, so this place gets two stars only because the amenities are actually quite ok- the second floor kitchen and terrace were quite nice. However Lazy dolphin it is- there was Never anyone at the desk downstairs besides one guy who just told us to go up and the key was on the door of the room. He had vanished without trace in the 5 minutes it took us to drop our backpacks and come back with a few questions. None of the phone lines were picked up, but as there was generally no coverage in the area I guess that was to be expected. Could not find anyone in the evening either, when the manager was supposedly coming to check on things, so we had to park in the middle of some shrubs as the entire parking space was taken up by 3-4 cars with a meter left on each side of them. The wi-fi was a joke that was not explained properly on the site or the blackboard (which was basically the only means of communication we had with any staff). You can supposedly get it to work on a free trial, that you still have to sign up for and start paying when the clock hits 12. Luckily same wi-fi provider as the cafe nearby, so we managed to make it work with some codes from there. No storage space in the rooms at all (not even a small bedside table). To top it off, the walls are made out of paper- we had some bad weather during the night we were staying there and it was exactly like being outside. Maybe even worse, given that the wind had some nice rickety windows to make whooshing sounds through. Had to sleep with ear plugs the whole night and still woke up on multiple occasions. In the first half of March, when I imagine the wors of the weather hasn't even come around yet. Couldn't find anyone at the desk to notify we were leaving either. So overall the area is great but we would stay somewhere else if we could choose again, and were very happy to have booked for only one night.
Stayed one night on trip from Bluff to Dunedin via Catlins. Good mid way point. Had everything you needed - full kitchen and bathroom. It's very communal so only privacy is in your bedroom - be prepared to wait for shower in morning and use kitchen with others. Good heaters in rooms, clean, tidy. Would recommend.