We were passing through the Catlins during the winter. Despite the ubiquitous brochures and information we had, we quickly found that almost everything was closed for the winter. Also the fact that cell phone coverage die not exists did not help matters.
After trying many places, knocking on doors to find people were on extended holidays, we finally found a place to stay. But since you are without many options, prices may be elevated.
Papa Motel and Store is open year round, but they close their doors about 6pm in winter. The two rooms that they had in the back of the store were newly constructed, quite spacious and could fit four people each.
There was a self-service kitchen in each. If you didn't bring any food, the store is quite close.
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