Greetings, the Split Level Backpackers are now under new management. The well known established business has been a home to many a traveller since 2002.

The new owner Jean Pierre has recently moved to Owaka, and has taken on a new venture, leaving the building trade behind him. I am a people person, enjoy meeting new people and building new friendships.

I look forward to your custom, and reassure you of a great stay with a warm environment and friendly people, right in the heart of the Catlins!

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The Catlin's coast is home to rare wildlife such as the Mohua, Yellow Eyed Penguin & Hooker Sea Lions

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Nature is everywhere in The Catlin's, just head to the coast, or inland to the forest, this secluded area has it all!

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The Catlin's boasts some of the best scenery in the South Island, from waterfalls to the iconic Nugget Point!



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Phone: 03 4158868
Mobile: 0275944027
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The Value For Money Place to Stay

We offer clean, warm & comfortable accommodation in Owaka in the heart of The Catlins. Choose from Self Contained units for couples, backpacker rooms with bunk beds, twin and double rooms or ask for our special rates to book the whole complex.

The Split Level is located on the main road of Owaka, close to the local restaurants, supermarket, petrol station and the "Must See" Aunty's Attic Antique Store just north of the Catlin's Cafe. We invite you to make this your home away from home during your visit to The Catlins.

We are members of the BBH accommodation network, so if you are a member ask for the special BBH rates. If you would like to become a member you can Register here.

The Catlins is an amazing place, you will need at least 2 nights / 3 days to take in all the best sights in this untamed corner of New Zealand. We can advise you on anything to do with The Catlin's, to send us an email Click here and we will get back to you shortly with some answers.