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Southern Secret Motel

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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good24%
  • Average20%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible12%
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“southern secret”(3 reviews)
“sand flies”(2 reviews)
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What's included
Free Parking
Non-Smoking Rooms
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Location and contact
2510 Papatowai Hwy., Papatowai 9586, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Owner very negative about former guests from the moment I arrived. PMy sister and brother- in-law who were camping over the road were shocked by his demands that they not shower in my room. My sis hastened to assure him that, having owned a camp...More

Thank Sunnypng
Reviewed 29 March 2018

We were very pleasantly surprised by this motel. Plenty of room,beautifully maintained and presented. Modern update to a classic 60's building with all timber lovingly preserved. We were concerned that we were a bit away from the main attractions - but proved to be a...More

Thank chris_b_PNth
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Papatowai is a tiny spot on a remote road. And Southern Secret is no Ritz Carleton with Egyptian cotton towels. I give it 3 stars, but that's an "I'd stop and stay there again" 3 stars. We were tired after a long day of driving,...More

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Reviewed 19 February 2017

My partner had been here before and loved it. Nestled in the trees, lovely bird song. However, self service arrival. We made reservations for the last minute at a restaurant 20 minutes away. The manager walks up and demands card processing right then because"he is...More

Thank Igorcrook
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Perfect location for cycle tourists overnighting in Papatowai. The only place to buy hot food -- or any food, for that matter-- is just across the street. Apartment four was beautifully appointed, with complete privacy and quiet, with wilderness views from all windows and the...More

Thank DMon707
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Top amenities
Free Parking
Hotel Amenities
Free Parking
Room amenities
Refrigerator in room
Room types
Kitchenette, Non-Smoking Rooms
Room types
Kitchenette, Non-Smoking Rooms
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"We had (if I recall correctly!) Room 2 - 2nd from the left. Great space."
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"#4, with the bum kitchen light and broken bathroom fan is the most private."
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"Avoid the Motel"
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"All rooms were beautiful. All very quiet."
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