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Thomas's Catlins Lodge And Camp Ground

Corner Ryley and Clark Streets, Owaka New Zealand
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#4 of 11 Speciality lodging in Owaka
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Free parking
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Books, DVDs, music for children
Indoor play area for children
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Game room
Golf course
Horseback riding
Highchairs available
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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Self-serve laundry
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Soundproof rooms
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Wendy C wrote a review Aug 2021
New Zeland193 contributions53 helpful votes
The premises are an old hospital. We stayed upstairs in The Matrons room complete with Balcony and TV room. Was a floor you would if necessary share with another couple. Had shared kitchenette and bathroom facilities but we had it to ourselves. Place is quite rundown but our room was neat and tidy. For $100 per night we felt we did ok. Downstairs was booked out with Freezing workers. Is more like a backpackers accommodation so felt we got what we paid for. Was more than adequate.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Room Tip: If you looking for backpacker style accomodating and friendly and with a friendly price range...
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Stephen N wrote a review Mar 2021
Auckland, New Zealand103 contributions6 helpful votes
We stopped off here as a connection of our trip around the lower south. Planned on one night and extended to 2. The town of Te Anau is friendly and safe. The camp location is so very quiet and central to brilliant coffee shops and hands down the best burger place up the road! The “facilities” would be described as quirky. Shower in either the morning or evening as the old coal boiler didn’t like heating during the day. We used a powered camper site and whilst the inside was warm it is an old hospital after all. The timber floors creak with character and charm but only when I don’t have to hear it during the night. The powered sites are spacious and well laid out. There are 15 chickens on site who wander around which is pretty cool and the owner Jan is lovely and very helpful. The only observation was the lady who cleaned the bathrooms chose to do so daily from 8am which was inconvenient for most people I met. Maybe either move that process to the middle of the day (when there is no hot water) or put up a sign to say they will be out of order during those hours.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Rob M wrote a review Mar 2021
Blenheim, New Zealand25 contributions2 helpful votes
Spent a couple of nights here on a tent site. Friendly staff, facilities clean and tidy - but don't expect 5 star, looks like TLC in progress. Good location for northern end of the Catlins, plenty of parking.
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Date of stay: March 2021
Billie wrote a review Sep 2020
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I'm writing this review after nearly 14 years since staying here. I can't remember the facilities too much but stayed two nights. First night we were the only guests in the place - i never believed in ghosts until this night. Literally heard walking all night up and down our corridor, banging in the room next door and just felt a presence..(You know that feeling of someone behind you. THAT) I also felt like a woman was whispering in my ear while I was tryng to sleep. We Had no idea about the history until the following day when my boyfriend at the time started talking to the owners. I was just telling my husband about this place so decided to look it up. I can't believe it's still a hostel now. Would love to come back. Creepy but awesome if you're into the paranormal. We stayed in a private room, shared bathroom.
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Date of stay: October 2019
LindenNZ wrote a review May 2019
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In short: over-priced, rude and unhelpful staff, no staff on site, weird smells, other guests very noisy late at night, no hot water, disgusting toilets. We booked this accommodation because it was dog-friendly. The building is a former hospital so has character or "character" depending on your perspective. Some contemporary decor has been added but the underlying building is mostly in the state it was in during it's use as a hospital decades ago. This didn't bother me, but other members of our group found it a bit eerie and talked about how haunted the place must be. We arrived to no staff around other than a groundskeeper/maintenance guy who gave off quite a creepy vibe. There was a whiteboard in the entryway directing us to our rooms - fine, but no consideration of privacy as it had all visitors' full names on it. Some of our group were in a room downstairs which looked fine but there was a very strange smell in the whole area - a strong and acrid smell like a chemical or cleaning product. The rest of us stayed upstairs in the former Matron's accommodation. It was comfortably fitted out with decent beds, good linen, tea and coffee in the kitchenette. Hot water was non-existent and was barely above lukewarm. Immediate surfaces were clean but windowsills, walls, ceilings etc are grubby, show mould and dead insects and clearly haven't been cleaned for weeks if not months. After spending some time familiarising ourselves with our rooms we came to the conclusion that at $130 per night it was being overcharged. We decided we would cut our three night stay short unless they would drop the price for us. They did consider reducing the price for the third night only, so did show some willingness to negotiate but in the end we decided to reduce our stay to two nights. The first night none of us upstairs in the Matron's rooms had much sleep. Some of the downstairs guests were a group of young men in the area for work. They talked loudly outside while smoking (with plenty of swearing and aggressively misogynistic comments) , and were downstairs in one of the common areas playing loud music, singing loudly, talking and yelling loudly until after midnight. At around 10.30-11.00 pm it had been going on for a couple of hours and I was fed up and had a child that couldn't sleep. I called the phone number to ask staff to intervene. It turned out there was no staff on site and nobody available to help with anything. The woman I talked to was snippy and went on and on to me that she couldn't do anything, "she was in Dunedin an hour and a half away, had been there every night for six weeks, had chores to do, what could she do about it?" etc. I couldn't believe this kind of attitude with a paying guest. She suggested I sort it out myself. This was a group of tall, solid men who were drinking. I, a woman on my own, wasn't going to go and confront them. That is not safe or sensible. It is unacceptable that they left the building completely unattended and didn't at least arrange for someone nearby to be on call if necessary. I have no idea what their plan was if there had been an emergency. The members of our group staying in the second upstairs room didn't hear the noisy guests as loudly as we did but in their room they had a roof tank or something that periodically drained large amounts of water in the night. This woke even the heaviest sleepers in their family. No matter what other guests are doing, people staying in this room would always have to deal with this noise. The next morning one of the downstairs toilet cubicles was coated (toilet, floor, walls) in liquid fecal matter and remained that way for some time until staff turned up again. Having had little sleep, experienced rude and helpful staff, I had had enough and our members of the group cut our stay short then and there and left that day. Other members of the wider group stayed for an additional night and said it was quieter that night. May or may not be related, but I had gastrointestinal symptoms for the next couple of days. Unless the accommodation was substantially cheaper I couldn't recommend it to anyone.
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Date of stay: April 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Upstairs is noisy, downstairs smells strange
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US$36 - US$50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandOtago RegionOwaka
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Frequently Asked Questions about Thomas's Catlins Lodge And Camp Ground
Which popular attractions are close to Thomas's Catlins Lodge And Camp Ground?
Nearby attractions include Owaka Museum and Catlins Information Centre (0.3 km), Cannibal Bay (4.4 km), and Catlins Horse Riding (2.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Thomas's Catlins Lodge And Camp Ground?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, a golf course, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Thomas's Catlins Lodge And Camp Ground?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Thomas's Catlins Lodge And Camp Ground?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Thomas's Catlins Lodge And Camp Ground?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lumberjack Bar And Cafe, BakeHouse Takeaway, and Catlins Cafe.
Is Thomas's Catlins Lodge And Camp Ground located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Owaka.
Are any cleaning services offered at Thomas's Catlins Lodge And Camp Ground?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Thomas's Catlins Lodge And Camp Ground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Thomas's Catlins Lodge And Camp Ground?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kaka Point Scenic View Point & Picnic Area (12.1 km).
Is Thomas's Catlins Lodge And Camp Ground accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.