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Levin, New Zealand
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115 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2016

Southern Secret Motel is in the central part of the Catlins, very handy to attractions like Cathedral Caves, McLean Falls, the Whistling Frog restaurant, and the fascinating Lost Gypsy gallery. The rooms are clean, comfortable and spacious, and Craig the host is a mine of helpful information about the area’s attractions, as well as being very friendly. We can definitely... More 

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Thank tonystraw
Wellington, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 27 March 2016

We arrived at the Motel where we had booked a room for 4 days. When I asked where the guest laundry was I was told there wasn't one as the motel was on tank water. I was told I should have done the laundry in Invercargil! We were then directed to a launderette in Balclutha which was an hours drive... More 

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Selby, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2015

This motel is different yet beguiling so we came back. The chalets are well equipped. cosy and have a character of their own. The rooms are quiet and tucked away beside the road. We overlooked the shrubs around and had a balcony. Our host is prone to leaving the keys to let guests settle in themselves and has a casual... More 

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Port Kennedy WA
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84 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2015

Not 5 star but not far off it. Turned up late 7.30 but nothing too much trouble for the owner. The studio room is tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean ...what a pleasure it was to stay there. Peaceful and quiet we had room 3 The bed was a tad too soft for us but we have that problem wherever we... More 

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Thank LinSim
Garner, North Carolina
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73 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2014

Though the motel is very small--3-4 units and a bit dated, the rooms we had were very clean and the beds comfortable. The location is very good for going through the Catlins area of the South Island. It's about 1/2 across. It is walking distance to The Lost Gypsy Gallery. The town itself is extremely small.

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Thank NCdianab
Waimate, New Zealand
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46 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2014

Our motel unit was dated but clean. A shame about the first general impression from the road which is slightly dilapidated and off-putting because everything inside our unit was OK and we felt it to be good value for only $99 per night.

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Thank Doreen B
Invercargill, New Zealand
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63 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2014

Doing a trip through the Catlins we wanted a halfway stopping point so we had time to take in all the attractions. This motel was ideal, clean, all facilities, comfortable and close to the store. The manager was very helpful with local information. The price was reasonable. The extra sofa bed was not very comfortable for 2 people but ok... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 April 2013

We stayed at Lancewood Cottage the owner also owned the motels up the road. If we had seen the cottage before we stayed we would not have stayed. When we rang we asked if the cottage was fully self contained, we didn't feel he should have said yes if it wasn't quite finished. Just because all the equipment is in... More 

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Shardlow, null, United Kingdom
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211 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2013

We had been driving for 6 hours and my wife was not feeling too well, so we booked into this Motel out of neccessity really. If this had not been the case, we would not have stayed. The Host was very friendly, helpful and informative. However, the room we had left a lot to be desired. The electric kettle was... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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20 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2013

A wonderful motel. Craig the owner couldn't not have done more. Room was clean with everything you need to make a meal. Large room and beds very comfortable. We stayed 2 nights and could have stayed longer, it was so nice. Lovely place

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  • Free Parking
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free Parking

Additional Information about Southern Secret Motel

Address: Papatowai, Owaka, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region
Number of rooms: 4
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“Avoid the Motel”
 of 5 bubbles Dodo432016, 27 Mar 2016 | Read review
“All rooms were beautiful. All very quiet.”
 of 5 bubbles chetercity, 20 Jan 2013 | Read review
“They were all lovely!”
 of 5 bubbles traylee8, 13 Nov 2011 | Read review
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