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Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 3 days ago NEWvia mobile

We had the matrons flat as we were a party of 3 adults and 2 small children. Very clean and comfortable and well equiped. Nice to have space to spread out and we enjoyed the laid back atmosphere. A good central location to explore the Catlins and we look forward to a return visit.

Thank ColHenderson
High Point, North Carolina
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Awesome historical building (a converted hospital) with lots of character. Jan who owns the place was awesome and took the time to make us feel at home as well as giving us great advice about the local attractions. The bunk beds were a bit squeaky which was a shame but overall the character of this place and the fantastic service...

1Thank KateGH4
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Reviewed 22 May 2016

If you want cheap, simple and a awesome location for the Caitlins this is it. Awesome place to wander and explore, you get a sense of the history of the buildings and imagine the ghosts within when this was once a hospital and old folks home. Loved the quirky little lounges and rooms.

Thank Kim H
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Quirky old building with great dining area, large kitchen. We stayed on a powered pitch but there is a wide variety of accommodation in this YHA which used to be a hospital. Really friendly helpful owners. Great wifi compared with all the other campgrounds we stayed at in Riverton, Invercargill, and Catlins

Thank Rosie C
Reviewed 6 April 2016

We are single mums with children, wanted to try out camping the kiwi style.... only to find that we didn't bring enough tents. The staff was friendly. He got us another tent - mega huge one that can contain all 7 of us, he even set the tent up for us. The staff made sure we were okay living in...

Thank Weika
Noosa, Australia
Reviewed 9 March 2016

We stayed here as it was the only place with rooms available in the area that we wanted so we were pleasantly surprised. Yes, it's basic as you'd expect from an ex youth hostel. However, the room was comfortable and had an ensuite. The communal kitchen and lounge were useful. Wifi didn't work in our room but was OK in...

Thank amp-qld
Reviewed 7 March 2016

Stayed in the Old nurses home part. Own ensuite in room, comfy bed. Shared a kitchen - plenty of room and we had a shared long great way to meet other fellow travellers.Loved the history of this old hospital and the friendliness of the operators. So appreciated this place being kept alive. Even the old boiler gets stocked with coal...

Thank 982erical
Otago Peninsula, NZ
Reviewed 23 February 2016

Stayed here in single room, which had own washbasin & bedside cabinet, which was great. (No clothes hook though - puzzling as it'd be simple to put them on the door). As it's an ex-hospital it is large and rambling with extensive grounds - would be ideal for a large group (camping available too). Free wi fi. Rather shabby but...

1Thank kiwique
Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 February 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Thomas Catlin's. We were thrilled with our apartment, the old matron's flat. It was on its own on the top floor with a little balcony. Although a bit rough and ready in places, it was huge and full of character. We felt that we were staying on a movie set! The hosts were welcoming...

1Thank Johnblackdog
TheCatlinsYHA, Owner at Thomas's Catlins Lodge And Camp Ground, responded to this review

Hi guys Thank you very much for your comments. We are always trying to improve what we offer and it is great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. Yes, the Matrons Flat is fun! Thank you JAN

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

This is a backpackers in an old converted hospital. Quirky but sort of depressing. Small room with ensuite & shared cooking facilities. Boring small town. They charge too much for what they offer. Comfy bed though. I would look elsewhere if anything available before going with this place.

Thank Mlzy
TheCatlinsYHA, Manager at Thomas's Catlins Lodge And Camp Ground, responded to this review

Hi Mizy Thank you for your comments. Yes, we are a former hospital and very hard to disguise this! The rooms are quite small as they were originally the nurses rooms. But the bathrooms are quite large as they are one half of a former nurses room. Most now have a flat screen television. We are also a camping ground...

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Address: Corner Ryley and Clark Streets, Owaka, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Owaka
Price Range: RM179 - RM237 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 20
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“Ask for the nurses rooms”
 of 5 bubbles 982erical, 7 Mar 2016 | Read review
“The matron's apartment.”
 of 5 bubbles Johnblackdog, 21 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Ensuite room 220 219 or 218”
 of 5 bubbles LinSim, 6 Apr 2015 | Read review
“Some of the dorm rooms have single beds!”
 of 5 bubbles izzo0o0o, 18 Dec 2013 | Read review
“AN ensuite in teh surat wing has its own kitchentte area with tea and coffee supplied as well as its own sitting room to watch tv or dvds.”
 of 5 bubbles KathleenS184, 15 Jan 2012 | Read review
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