Hilltop Accommodations Catlins is set on farmland beside native forest, overlooking Papatowai and the Southern Scenic Route . Guests experience stunning ocean and valley views, from our 2 historic homes. "The Lodge" (or Top House) - a restored character 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home: free wi-fi. cozy woodburner. heatpump, sunny conservatory, clawfoot bath. BBQ, full kitchen and laundry for self catering. Sleeps up to 9, so is ideal for larger families and groups of friends. All linen supplied. "The Cottage" (or Bottom House) - a restored miner's cottage featuring a queen bedroom with ensuite; a twin bedroom with separate shower and toilet, plus free wi-fi, TV, and DVD player, full kitchen and laundry, all set in a private yard. Ideal for couples and smaller families. Peaceful country accommodations, at the edge of the forest, in the heart of the Catlins, and far too relaxing to stay for only one night. Hilltop Accommodations Catlins is located in the heart of Catlins, just over 1.5 hours' drive from Invercargil and 2 hours' drive from Dunedin.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.4 for a two-person trip.

Hilltop Accommodation Catlins has been welcoming Booking.com guests since May 24, 2017

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.5)

Free Private Parking Available On Site


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Room Type
Bedroom 1:
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2:
2 twin beds
Living room:
1 sofa bed
Bedroom 1:
1 full bed
Bedroom 2:
1 full bed
Bedroom 3:
1 queen bed
Bedroom 4:
1 twin bed
1 queen bed
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Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
High score for Papatowai
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  • Sharon
    What an absolutely beautiful setting. The house is nestled in the fields and lots of curious sheep to watch over you. We loved it, we had everything that you would expect with so much old world charm.
  • Jamie
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    The house was spacious and the views divine. There are lovely gardens surrounding the property with a view out to the ocean. It was also enjoyable watching the sheep. The house is comfortable, well-equipped and there are several videos and...
  • Atkins
    New ZealandNew Zealand
    Excellent view and a cozy warm place to stay. Most ideal if you can book the upper house with friends for the other rooms.
  • Jamiee
    New ZealandNew Zealand
    Hilltop had stunning views and provided a fantastic space for a winter getaway. The house had everything we could possibly need, was comfortable and warm with a great fire place. I would recommended this property and would definitely book in again.
  • Yvonne
    Beautiful property & fabulous views. The house had everything that was needed for a very comfortable stay. The host are lovely & very accommodating. The Catlins is an amazing area to visit & would certainly love to stay here again (especially in...
  • Kimmy
    It's cosy, clean and have everything that I need especially in the kitchen.
  • Naomi
    New ZealandNew Zealand
    Great location, clean and tidy house, wonderful clear night skies
  • Cathy
    New ZealandNew Zealand
    A lovely location away from it all. Very quiet and peaceful - we could hear the sea and the birds the whole time. Bedrooms comfortable, living areas great in summer with doors to a sheltered verandah. Two bathrooms was a real bonus.
  • Frank
    Spacious, well-appointed and well-equipped house with views to die for. Great location for exploring the sights of the central Catlins. Excellent communication with the owners: they provided us with all necessary information (such as the advice to...
  • Milan
    New ZealandNew Zealand
    What a wonderful place! We very much enjoyed our stay. The location was stunning and the cottage was great, thank you

Property questions and answers
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  • Hi there, We really want to book a cottage but want to confirm if dogs are allowed? Thanks Leanne

    Yes, we are do allow wellbehaved dogs so long as you clean up afterwards, so no signs of the dog are left. Also because we are situated on a working f..
    Answered on 5 June 2022
  • Do you supply firewood? (Warmth is a crucial factor for us.)

    Hi there. Yes we do provide firewood for the wood burner in our Top House. The house also has a heatpump, and the beds all have electric blankets for ..
    Answered on 20 August 2020
  • Afternoon wanted to find out whether payment needs to be made prior to arrival or can it be made on arrival? Thanks Inazda

    I understand that Booking.com records your credit card details when you book. These are made available to us and we can process payment around the ti..
    Answered on 27 January 2023
  • Is this to book the whole house? I would like to book this deal for 6th till 8th January, wife husband and three children aged 1 5 and 7. Also are the..

    Sorry we have only one double room available for that period
    Answered on 5 January 2021
  • The Top House says shared bathroom. If you have the whole house with two bathrooms with whom are you sharing?

    Hello there . The house used to be let out as individual rooms so hence the shared bathroom . But we now let out as whole house so you won’t be sharin..
    Answered on 22 April 2022
  • Kia Ora! Is the villa fully fenced please? As we will be bringing our doggo :) Thanks in advance! Luna

    Hello Luna Sorry just discovered your question. Our Top House - Villa has a fenced off garden area behind the house, accessed from the deck in front
    Answered on 4 July 2022
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Amenities of Hilltop Accommodation Catlins
Great facilities! Review score, 9.3

Most popular amenities
  • Free parking
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • River view
  • Garden view
  • Ocean view
  • View
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Sun deck
  • Barbecue
  • BBQ facilities
  • Patio
  • Garden
  • Toaster
  • Stovetop
  • Oven
  • Dryer
  • Electric kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Drying rack for clothing
Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.
  • Pool table
Living Area
  • Sitting area
Media & Technology
  • Flat-screen TV
  • DVD player
  • TV
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
  • Private check-in/out
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
  • Books, DVDs or music for children
  • Board games/puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Electric blankets
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Private entrance
  • Carpeted
  • Family rooms
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Entire unit located on ground floor
Languages Spoken
  • English

Sustainability initiatives

This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly travel

House rules

Hilltop Accommodation Catlins takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Until 10:30 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 6 and above will be charged as adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Crib upon request

The number of cribs allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

There are no extra beds available at this property.

All cribs are subject to availability.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in


Pets are allowed on request. Charges may apply.

Mastercard Visa Eftpos Cash Debit card Hilltop Accommodation Catlins accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Please note that the property suggests that guests bring their own food. Discount fuel, alcohol and limited groceries are available at the Papatowai Country Store, 1.2 mi away.

FAQs about Hilltop Accommodation Catlins

  • The nearest beach is 0.9 miles from Hilltop Accommodation Catlins. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Hilltop Accommodation Catlins offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Pool table

  • Check-in at Hilltop Accommodation Catlins is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:30 AM.

  • The prices at Hilltop Accommodation Catlins may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Room options at Hilltop Accommodation Catlins include:

    • Apartment
    • Villa

  • Hilltop Accommodation Catlins is 3.1 miles from the center of Papatowai. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.