Southern Secret Motel is minutes south from the centre of Papotowai and at the heart of the Catlins. Our accommodation sits in an area well known for its scenic wonders, including the Matai Falls, MacLean Falls and Curio Bay, among other natural attractions in the Catlins. Southern Secret Motel is located three minutes walk to the beach and makes a great base for your Catlins discovery. Our region's penguins, seals and sea lions are right around the corner.
Nugget Point and Kaka Point are two signature attractions of the Catlins. At Nugget Point you will find yourself at the end of the earth with a lighthouse-on-rocks setting that attracts thousands of visitors every year. At the seaside Kaka Point, you will find a small beach settlement that is now a sleepy holiday home village.
Southern Secret Motel is within 50km of all Kaka Point and 60km of Nugget Point
Curio Bay, the Petrified Forest and Porpoise Bay offer the chance to swim with dolphins, have an ice cream on the beach, see the penguins up close and also walk around the incredible petrified forest that remains after thousands of years. Take a picnic to this wonderful area.
Southern Secret Motel is located 40 km from Curio Bay, the Petrified Forest and Porpoise Bay
The Purakaunui Falls, McLean Falls and Matai Falls are three waterfalls set in the native Catlins bush and a definite must-see on your Catlins trail. Located just a short walk from their respective car parks, these waterfalls offer Catlins nature at its purest.
Southern Secret Motel is within 25km of Purakaunui Falls, 15km of the McLean Falls, and 8km from the Matai Falls
Meet your friendly host Craig Johnston.