Cnr Ryley & Clark Streets, Owaka, Catlins Coast, New Zealand
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The Catlins is the last unexplored region of the South Island and maybe New Zealand.

Thomas's Catlins Lodge and Camp Ground offers camping sites, affordable backpacker and hotel rooms, based in Owaka on the Southern Scenic Route. From here, you can explore the charms of the Catlins with Nugget Point, Surat Bay and Purakanui Falls all within an easy distance.

Reception is open from 8.30am until 8.30pm daily but isn't always manned so please call us. If arriving after 8.30pm, please ring us in advance to arrange late check-in.

We close for the winter months but are available/can open for group bookings, please email for more information.

Catlins Accommodation

We have rooms inside, including self contained apartments, as well as camping on our sheltered camping lawn. The ensuite rooms are modern and include a flat screen television and a tea and coffee nook. Loads of space to relax.

Accommodation in the Catlins

The Lodge

The Lodge is in a 100 year old hospital with a history of medical uses, from hospital, to maternity, to nurses home and finally as an old peoples home. Now it is the home to the Lodge and Camp Ground.

Some guests have said the Lodge has "ghosts". Why don't you check in and see for yourselves? Let us know what you find!

The Main Wing includes the dormitory beds, mainly four people per room. These spacious rooms have two single beds and a set of bunks. Also in this area is a large games room with a full sized pool table, darts and a piano. All complimentary for guests. This area hosts a large guest kitchen and a separate dining room. The Lodge also has two great sunrooms, where you can curl up with a book.

The guest kitchen offers fridges, freezer, microwaves, ovens, jugs and toasters as well as storage lockers for food, etc. All pots, pans and cutlery are supplied so there is no need to bring any of your own dishes or cooking implements.

The Surat Wing is home to the new Ensuite rooms and the share bathroom rooms. The Ensuites have a rural outlook and are very quiet. This wing also has a small TV lounge and library and a small nook for your early morning cuppa!

Catlins Campground

Outside there is a very sheltered area for camping. The lodge offers 20 powered sites and about a dozen tent sites. These are located in the garden and are close to all the amenities. Campers are welcome to use all the lodge facilities at no extra cost, including the showers.

There are a number of outdoor tables and chairs for everyone to enjoy as well as a BBQ gazebo with a free BBQ. There is a fishpond beside the BBQ gazebo for the kids to look at plus outdoor seating and undercover outdoor seating near the camping area.

The Lodge has a very extensive DVD collection, all available free of charge. We offer FREE WIFI (fibre) for all guests.

The Lodge has lots of off-street parking and places to store those who arrive on a bicycle (we have an e-bike charging station catering for 25+ ebikes plus covered bike storage). We are also pet-friendly but just let us know first if you have a pet with you. We have some free range chickens who wander and may come and pay a visit when you are camping.

Thomas' Catlins Lodge and Camp Ground is a great place for groups, functions, parties and reunions.

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