7 Best Motels in The Catlins
7 Best Motels in The Catlins

7 Best Motels in The Catlins

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Waterfalls, sea lions, seals, penguins, beaches, lakes, fossilised forests, caves, blowholes and more: there’s so much to see The Catlins that you’re definitely going to want to spend at least a couple of days exploring it all. Make it a convenient stay with all the facilities you need by staying at one of the motels in The Catlins. From modern motels in Kaka Point to budget motels in Owaka, as well as a couple of holiday parks in the area with motel units, you have some decent options along The Catlins Coast. Make an informed decision with this list of the best motels in The Catlins.

For more trip-planning advice, check out The Complete Guide to The Catlins and 10 Incredible Things to Do in The Catlins.

1. Kaka Point Motel

Perched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean and beach, accessed just a five-minute walk away, Kaka Point Motel is one of the Catlins’ motels with the best views. Each of the studios and two-bedroom apartments have their own unique layout and design but are all modernly appointed. Units at least have a kitchenette if not a full kitchen and soak in the sun through the large double-glazed glass doors leading out onto a shared elevated deck. Most units are pretty compact, but the mobility units do offer a bit more space.

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7 Best Motels in The Catlins© Kaka Point Motel

2. The Whistling Frog Resort

Offering motel units, self-contained cottages, cabins and camping sites, The Whistling Frog Resort is worth considering. This holiday park-style accommodation offers motel rooms along a boardwalk nestled in bush, each with their own kitchen and bathroom facilities. Either way, we recommend at least one of your meals to be at the on-site Whistling Frog Restaurant and Bar. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodation in The Catlins.

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7 Best Motels in The Catlins© The Whistling Frog Resort

3. Catlins Area Motel

An affordable motel in Owaka, the Catlins Area Motel offers a selection of apartments surrounding a picturesque garden. Every apartment sleeps up to four guests across a double bed, a single bed and a sofa bed. Units feature a spacious kitchen with a stovetop, large bathroom with a shower, laundry facilities and more. There’s also free WiFi! This is one of the accommodations recommended in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in The Catlins.

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4. Catlins Gateway Motel

Need more choices in Owaka? The Catlins Gateway Motel offers a small (therefore peaceful) selection of eight self-contained ground-floor units. Most units are three-berth studio units, while two are one-bedroom suitable for families, all featuring an open-plan lounge and a well-equipped kitchenette. Facilities at the motel include electric heating, free WiFi, access to laundry facilities and more.

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7 Best Motels in The Catlins© Catlins Gateway Motel

5. Owaka Lodge Motel

Just when you didn’t think there were enough motels in Owaka, Owaka Lodge Motel gives you the most comprehensive offering of motel units in the small town. Couples and a couple of friends travelling together will find affordable queen and twin studios, while the one-bedroom unit provides more space for families. Either way, you’ll have access to full private kitchen facilities, an ensuite and the usual motel features. Some of the units have attractive timber-lined decor, while they all lead out to a spacious garden.

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7 Best Motels in The Catlins© Owaka Lodge Motel

6. Pounawea Waterfront Motels

Get the holiday home vibe at these two spacious apartments on the waterfront of the Catlins River estuary, just a short drive from Owaka. Pounawea Waterfront Motel is a boutique motel in The Catlins and a worthy option for families. Stay in a modernly furnished two-bedroom apartment sleeping up to four guests each. Spruce up meals in the large kitchen, which you can enjoy eating in the open-plan dining area or out on the picnic bench overlooking the river and the Pacific Ocean. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in The Catlins.

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7. Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park

Finally, Catlins Newhaven Holiday Park is another holiday park accommodation in The Catlins that also provides motel units. The colourful self-contained units on the shores of the sea lion habitat of Surat Bay have essential facilities at your fingertips, like a bathroom and kitchenette with a stovetop, kettle and all the essential utensils to make basic meals, while the amenities building on the campsite has a more complete communal kitchen should you require more. See more affordable accommodation in the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in The Catlins.

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Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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