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7 Best Romantic Accommodation in The Catlins

10 Most Romantic Accommodations in The Catlins ❤️ [2024]

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Where to Find the Best Couples’ Accommodations in The Catlins

A coastline scattered with sweeping beaches, forests sprawling to the sea and all sorts of wildlife, The Catlins is an endearing place that couples will sure want to stay awhile. Soak in the Pacific Ocean views or remote mountainous landscapes from your quaint cottage, B&B or even a glamping tent by staying in one of the romantic accommodations in The Catlins. We list some of our top picks in the list below!

For more romantic getaway/anniversary/honeymoon travel advice, check out The Romantic Getaway & Honeymoon Guide to The Catlins and the 10 Romantic Things to Do in The Catlins.

1. Catlins Mohua Park (Owaka)

Connect with nature and each other at the eco-friendly cottages of Catlins Mohua Park. Enjoy sweeping views of pasture and mountains from your cottage’s deck or through the large sliding glass doors of your lounge. The cottages themselves are set among native bush, part of the conservation area of Mohua Park which offers its own array of walking trails among the forest. The “Kahu Cottage” is one of the best options for couples, a spacious studio cottage with a barbecue, kitchenette and open-plan lounge and dining area with a view.

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2. The Fern & Thistle Luxury Accommodation (Balclutha)

Nestled among manicured grounds, a short drive from the gateway to The Catlins, Balclutha, The Fern & Thistle Luxury Accommodation offers something special for couples. A unique experience in a historical brick villa, the boutique accommodation has just three guest rooms elegantly styled with features old and new. Couples are treated to a range of inclusions, such as a mini bar with drinks (including beer and cider), hot pool and sauna facilities, laundry service and a continental breakfast. What’s more, this accommodation has no right to be as affordable as it is. Seriously, check it out!

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3. RiverRidge Retreat (Purakaunui)

An off-the-grid retreat among 15 acres of manicured grounds, RiverRidge Retreat is not only a popular wedding venue but offers a romantic stay. Those looking for a little adventure can stay in the glamping tents, set up with a comfortable double bed and decor inspired by the New Zealand countryside. Couples staying in these luxury tents will get access to communal kitchen and bathroom facilities, while other facilities at RiverRidge Retreat include a barbecue, outdoor games equipment like volleyball and badminton, golf driving range, kayak hire, mountain bike hire and fishing rods, all included in the rate.

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4. Kaka Point Spa Accommodation (Kaka Point)

After a day of exploring The Catlins together, retreat to your idyllic studio and pamper yourselves in a double spa bath; that’s what Kaka Point Spa Accommodation is all about! Moments away from the coast in Kaka Point and boasting gorgeous sea views, Kaka Point Spa Accommodation is a warm and inviting stay for two. Soak in the scenery through your floor-to-ceiling double-glazed windows, enjoy bushwalks on your doorstep and stargaze together using your lounge’s telescope.

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5. Molyneux House (Kaka Point)

A homely yet luxurious B&B on the coast of Kaka Point, Molyneux House offers a romantic self-contained suite with breakfast included. The suite is modernly designed with a fully-tiled ensuite and a comfortable lounge with quality furnishings leading out of sliding glass doors onto your private deck. There, you have unrivalled ocean views. The beautifully landscaped gardens also offer more endearing spaces to relax and enjoy the outdoors together, while attractions like Nugget Point are only minutes away.

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6. Seascape Accommodation (Kaka Point)

Seascape Accommodation is another idyllic accommodation in The Catlins for couples. Stay in this light-filled one-bedroom unit in Kaka Point with a contemporary and tastefully decorated open-plan lounge, dining area and kitchenette. While enjoying a romantic night in together, watch the sunset with ocean views out to Nugget Point from your large glass doors and decking area or head out for dinner to the local restaurant or the beach that are only a minute’s walk away. See more self-contained options like this in the 10 BEST Motels in The Catlins.

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7. The Whistling Frog Resort (Chaslands)

For an alternative location in The Catlins, The Whistling Frog Resort is located nearby McLean Falls and Cathedral Caves. Whatever your budget, this holiday park-style accommodation has a cabin or self-contained motel room to suit. The simple cabins are super affordable, sharing the campground kitchen and bathroom facilities. For couples wanting more of their own space, however, the motel rooms along a boardwalk nestled in bush offer their own kitchen and bathroom facilities. We recommend at least one of your night’s stay should be spent with a romantic meal at the on-site Whistling Frog Restaurant and Bar. See more stays like this in the 12 Best Budget Accommodations in The Catlins and the 10 Best Motels in The Catlins.

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8. Lawfield B&B (Glenomaru/Ahuriri)

Cosy up in this small self-contained cabin with a private deck at Lawfield B&B. Wake up to a continental breakfast provided in your kitchenette with a microwave and breakfast-making facilities, as well as a barbecue on request. The small cabin with its contemporary interiors basks in stunning countryside views from its perched position on a lifestyle block. Join your host to feed the chickens, sheep, pigs, cats and dogs, if you choose. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Holiday Homes in The Catlins.

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9. The Salty Bushman B&B (Kaka Point)

An impressive B&B 150m (500ft) from the beach, The Salty Bushman B&B is a no-brainer for couples looking for a special place to stay on The Catlins Coast. Located in Kaka Point, the two-guestroom B&B is a labour of love, with the building and furniture all handcrafted by your hosts, as is the sumptuous breakfast which we highly recommend confirming for your stay. The ocean views from the spacious lounge and attractive decor of urban and rustic tones are just the icing on top.

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10. Private Seaside Couples Hideaway (Kaka Point)

Nestled in forest just south of Kaka Point, the “Private Seaside Couples Hideaway” holiday home provides everything couples may need for a short stay in The Catlins. With a fully-equipped kitchen, lounge with a TV and a washing machine, the essentials are sorted. The expansive deck with a barbecue, sea views and attractive gardens are just a holiday bonus! You can even bring your beloved pet here too. For more affordable options like this, check out the 12 Best Budget Accommodations in The Catlins.

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More About Romantic Accommodations in The Catlins

That’s it for our list of the best romantic accommodations in The Catlins. For more Catlins talk, including what to do and where to stay, take a look at these awesome guides:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Romantic Getaway & Honeymoon Guide to The Catlins.


The information in this guide has been compiled from our extensive research, travel and experiences across New Zealand and the South Pacific, accumulated over more than a decade of numerous visits to each destination. Additional sources for this guide include the following:

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About The Author

Laura S.

This article has been reviewed and published by Laura, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Laura is a first-class honours journalism graduate and a travel journalist with expertise in New Zealand and South Pacific tourism for over 10 years. She also runs travel guides for five of the top destinations in the South Pacific and is the co-host of over 250 episodes of the NZ Travel Show on YouTube.

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