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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More BBH Reviews

Reviews taken from BBH website

"Very friendly and helpful owner; enjoyed chatting about NZ and felt at home. Clean rooms, very workable kitchen. Comfy areas for relaxing."

"The friendly manager welcomed us into our double en-suite that looked brand new. It was definitely worth the money. The hostel was incredibly clean and the TV had more than 4 channels!"

"Good hostel. Was the only one staying there so had no trouble with facilities, but cannot comment how it would be if full. The Catlin's were a lovely area to explore."

"Lovely place, very friendly owner was so helpful, felt more like our own house for the night than a hostel. lovely beds, highly recommended"

"Nice, relaxed place, lovely friendly owner. felt like being at home. loved the electric blanket."

"Nice and clean en-suite double room. Very helpful and friendly owner. Quite place even though it was situated on the main road. The Lumberjack was an excellent place to eat - the best meal we had during our 5 week stay in NZ"

Very helpful & friendly owners. Good room but a little small, great cosy beds. Lovely area, lots to see & do

"A nice and considerable host who upgraded our twin room to en-suite room!"

"Beautiful en suite room with facility to have breakfast in private room. Loved general decor and the welcome note on arrival!"

"Fantastic en-suite double room for great price with small kitchen area in room. Off street parking. Communal facilities very good, clean and comfortable. Owner was very friendly and helpful. The rest of the hostel was empty most of the time so we had it all to ourselves. An excellent hostel in a great area. Highly recommended."