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Surfinn Eco Cottage - Papatowai Cottage

Marama Street, Papatowai, Catlins

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  • 4 People
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • No Smoking
  • Wifi
  • Pet Friendly Outdoor Only


Surfinn Eco Cottage is a modern self contained Papatowai cottage that's waiting for you to arrive and take in the best that the Catlins coast has to offer.

A two story two bedroom dwelling, Surfinn Eco Cottage is located in the quaint coastal village of Papatowai, right in the heart of the beautiful and historically important Catlins Coast, which is one of the most stunning regions of the country!

Noted for its big wave surfing, the Catlins is a surfer's dream come true! Paua and crayfish are swimming in the area for those keen on their snorkelling, and the magical rainforest and waterfalls in the area will appeal to all. Noted for some of New Zealand's rare and endangered wildlife, the Catlins features everything from yellow-eyed penguins and sea lions, all the way through to gannets, kakariki, and wood pigeons - it's truly a wildlife lover's paradise!

This Papatowai cottage is equipped with a kitchen that includes a stovetop, oven, and a microwave. Having made your romantic meal, head to the open plan living area - it's a great place to dine, relax, and socialise as it comes with some spectacular views out towards the estuary and the forests of Tahakopa! As Surfinn Eco Cottage faces north, you'll be able to enjoy the luxury of all day sunlight!

The speaker system has an iPod docking station - perfect for listening to your favourite tunes. The heat pump means that you'll always be at the right temperature; nice and cosy in the Winter, and cool and relaxed in the Summer.

The lookout on the top floor is where you'll find the king sized bed. This bedroom comes complete with a small wardrobe, and has even more wonderful views of Tahakopa bay. The second bedroom has a queen bed. The bathroom combines with a laundry, ensuring that you'll always be nice and refreshed throughout your stay. The private driveway means that there's room enough for a boat of up to 7 metres. The private grassy area means that there's room for sunbathing on those sunny days!

The wonderful ecological treasures of the Catlins await! Surf on in to Surfinn Eco Cottage today!

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Bedroom Configuration

  • Bedroom (Level 2): 1 King Size Bed
  • Bedroom (Level 1): 1 Queen Size Bed

Bathroom Configuration

  • Bathroom 1 (Level 1): 1 Basin, 1 Shower, 1 Toilet

Pet Friendly

Yes Outside only.
Pets can come too! A small pet friendly fee of $20 + GST for up to two pets will apply.

Linen included

You’ll be glad to know linen is included in the nightly rate

Special Conditions

Linen is included in the rates for this property.

This property is on tank water, so the water pressure is lower than normal town supply.
Due to the remote location of the property, the WiFi connection may not be stable during certain weather conditions.


  • Air conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Dishwasher
  • Driveway (private)
  • Dryer
  • Family Friendly
  • Fenced (fully)
  • Freeview
  • Fridge / Freezer
  • Hair dryer
  • Heat pump
  • Microwave
  • Mobile cellphone Reception
  • Oven
  • Parking (off-street)
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • WIFI
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Guest reviews for Surfinn Eco Cottage

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Stayed April 2022

Great compact cottage! We had a lovely stay here and would recommend.

Stayed April 2022

Lovely spot in the heart of the Caitlin’s, hope to stay again

Stayed February 2022

The property has amazing views and is in a beautiful location. It is conveniently located for exploring all that the Catlins have to offer. I do feel that the property is rather expensive given that it is a little tired looking and would benefit from some updating/maintenance.

Stayed January 2022

Great location, great place. Perfect for a little family. Very grateful for that we could bring our fur baby ;)

Stayed January 2022

11 out of 10. I’ve never commented this before.

Stayed October 2021

We loved the location for a getaway with friends- we could walk down to the beach easily, and the cottage itself was cosy with comfortable beds and fun decor. You're treated to bird song in the morning and evenings. Our only disappointment was the shower, which had minimal pressure and no soap provided.

Stayed June 2021

Tank water so you need to be conservative or risk running out. House was clean, tidy and warm with the heat pump cranking.

Bachcare replied

Thank you for your review Sarah and we're happy to hear the property was clean, tidy and warm during your stay! We do mention on the listing that the property is on a tank water supply but have now amended the listing so it is more clear to future guests that they will need to be mindful of their water usage. We hope you enjoyed your time in Papatowai.

Stayed March 2021

Love the location, and presentation of the property. All needs met. Appliances necessary for a cozy comforting stay. Serene views. Close walks, and stimulating beach bush and birds. Handy to all the waterfalls, and cathedral caves.

Stayed January 2021

Great central location for a couple, or two couples.

Stayed January 2021

Problems with the water running out completely and also the noise of the water pump going all night right next to the downstairs bedroom meant very little sleep! Further problems with noise the second night, perhaps the hot water cylinder or the solar panels, this time right next to the upstairs bedroom.

Bachcare replied

Thank you for your review Jill. We apologise for the issues you had with the water, but are glad we were able to get it resolved for you during your stay. We have passed along your feedback about the noise to the owner to work on future improvements. We do hope you enjoyed your time in Papatowai.

Stayed December 2020

A peaceful getaway in a quiet relaxed location. The accommodation was clean and hospitable.

Stayed December 2020

Lovely cottage with great views. Everything you need for your stay.

Stayed November 2020

This cottage is truly wonderful, beautiful and a treat to stay in. We would definitely book it again. it is close to the beach, the gypsy coffee cart and central in the Catlins for visiting waterfalls, native forest, fabulous beaches and worth the two nights stay to explore this beautiful region.

Stayed May 2020

A comfortable warm home, great central location and beach very handy.

Stayed February 2020

The cottage is clean, tidy and location is great. A lovely neighbour bought us over some vegetables and the bird life was amazing! A few annoying factors were that we had difficulty in finding basic info such as the wifi password and where to hang washing (no outdoor clothes line). Also there is a lovely view from the upstairs bedroom however you can’t sit up in bed to enjoy it due to some low shelves!

Bachcare replied

Thanks for your review Sue and we're glad you enjoyed this stunning part of the country. You'll generally find the Wifi info on the modem and there is a small clothes outside by the water tank plus a drying rack at the property, which is now easier to find - thanks for the feedback, and hope to welcome you back soon.

Stayed December 2019

Gorgeous wee spot to chill out in even when its raining. Friendly locals and your near the beach. Always a nice spot to come to.

Stayed October 2019

We loved our stay here, it's a warm, cosy house in a lovely location.

Stayed October 2019

Awesome property, we love staying here!!

Stayed September 2019

This is a great little house with all the amenities we needed for a weekend away with the kids. It is in a great location close to a beach and walks. Our littles (4 and 6) loved the playground within walking distance.

Stayed March 2019

Overall a beaut bach perfectly situated. Very clean and cosy. Managed 3 people well.

Stayed January 2019

Beautiful area and very comfortable, eco-cottage. We were very snug with no need for heating or cooling despite the ever changing the weather. The photos on the site are very old and don't do this place justice. The views are fantastic, particularly from the upstairs bedroom. The place is very clean and comfortable. The walk through the forest to the beach is great even in rain.

Stayed January 2019

We have been visiting Papatowai for over 35 years since our kids were tiny, and it was very special to have a family holiday in our old haunts at such a comfortable low key property.

Stayed October 2018

Great wee batch. Frequent visitors to Papatowai and will use again.

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