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Penang Island, Malaysia
Reviewed 1 week ago

In last Autumn, me and friends decided to stay a night at Catlins but in the end we stayed up to 3nights at Split Level where a place make us feel like we are home~ The owner, Jean Pierre and his son are so lovely and helpful.. During the arrival, Jean will introduce all the "must-go-places" in Catlins to all...

Thank Fern117
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A great hostel good amenities, great location. The owner is friendly and helpful. Takeaway across the road and supermarket around the corner. Central for exploring the Catlins. No ATM for foreign cards, so bring cash.

Thank jnggra
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Split Level Backpacker is amazing! The living room is so cozy and the rooms are very nice. Jean Pierre is friendly and will help you map out the worth-while attractions in the area! Definitely one of my favorite places I've stayed in NZ. You'll be glad you stayed here.

Thank Tara W
Aix-en-Provence, France
Reviewed 27 September 2016

I recommend this place which is confortable and friendly. The owner Jean Pierre take care of you and explain you everything you can do around ! It also help my husband to go fishing which was very nice and for me it showed me how to cook something which was very nice ! The place is very clean, quiet and...

Thank Anthony V
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Very clean,the owner is a great host and makes you feel at home the minute you walk in the door. There is a very cosy living room with an antique wood burner and comfortable couches. Super relaxed with plenty of things to do around the area. We definitely recommend staying at this backpacker. Thank you so much Jean Pierre.

Thank Jeremy C
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Friendly host juggled bookings to fit us in, after spending an uncomfortable night in another back packer in town. Great conveniences in house including a warm fire to come home to. Highly recommended.

Thank Christine E
Reviewed 15 September 2016

In an interesting place with good access to some not so well known places most kiwi people should know more about and overseas people come to, and run by very congenial people. Definitely good value very favorable to someone who has paid more for getting less at several other places. Explore the Catlins and drive to the most southern NZ...

Thank NewZealanders300
Bordeaux, France
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Our private double room was perfect with everything you need with a huge screen tv, toaster, microwave, jug, fridge and items for the breakfast. Perfect location to visit the catlins and Jean Pierre is awesome !

Thank kevenes
Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Stayed in the self contained unit for 1 night. It was excellent value for money (just over $70!). Great host who was helpful, recommended places for us to go and warned us about the icy roads. Room was very clean and even had a TV

Thank KelvinNZ
Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 10 June 2016

Perfect location for exploring The Catlins and Jean is a brilliant host. He always went out of his way, above and beyond, to ensure we had a great stay. Would definitely recommend staying here - warm, cosy, safe and homely feel.

Thank JCMobbs

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Split Level Backpackers is centrally located in Owaka the main service town for The Catlins. Our accommodation offers options including double, twin and backpacker accommodation. We have En-suited - self contained units for the independent traveler and rooms with shared facilities for backpackers or anyone looking for clean, warm comfortable accommodation.Large living area/lounge, fully equipped kitchen and only two minutes walk from local restaurants, supermarket, kid’s playground and medical center. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Split Level Backpacker & Accommodation

Address: 9 Waikawa Road, Owaka 9535, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Owaka
Number of rooms: 5
Also Known As:
Split Level Backpacker & Accommodation Owaka, Southland Region, New Zealand
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“All good that we saw.”
 of 5 bubbles NewZealanders300, 15 Sep 2016 | Read review
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 of 5 bubbles adrianc219, 2 Feb 2016 | Read review
“keep bedroom doors shut and curtains drawn to retain heat in the bedrooms”
 of 5 bubbles caesar707, 28 Aug 2015 | Read review
“The 4 share room is perfect for backpackers and your bed is heated. This is life !”
 of 5 bubbles EmixamTobas, 25 Jun 2015 | Read review
“Ask for room #1, faces the main road and afternoon sun. En suite and small kitchenette”
 of 5 bubbles UncleCat, 28 Jan 2015 | Read review
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