"Enjoy some Southern Hospitality in the heart of the Catlins Coast".


Here are some of the remarks our guests have made about Hilltop Backpackers

Absolutely the best backpackers I have ever stayed in - Karen (Germany) 24.3.95

A little piece of paradise - Andrea (Canada) 10.12.96

New Zealand at its best - Elaine (England) 24.2 97

I would love to live like this - Ingrid (The Netherlands) 11.2.98

I'm coming back for my honeymoon - Tlalit (Israel) 29.3.99

The view across Tahakopa Bay

HHilltop Backpackers at Papatowai sits on a hill 50 meters above Papatowai and scenic Tahakopa Bay. An easy 125km drive from Dunedin and 111km from Invercargill, Papatowai is a small sea side village with a large number of the houses being holiday cribs. There is one shop which sells a good range of foodstuffs plus alcohol and petrol. There are several good tracks along the coastline and through native bush the most adventurous being a two day trek which offers some great scenery. The backpackers itself has been operating for 5 years and was moved to its present location from Te Anau six years ago, it has been extensively renovated and now offers a very high standard of accommodation. During its life at Te Anau the building served for 50 years as a school teachers residence and still retains many of its original features.
view from window
photo courtesy of Southland Times
The views from the hostel are stunning with the Pacific Ocean to one side and a long valley comprising farm land and native bush to the other. Both sunrise and sunset have to be seen to be believed. The hostel sleeps 10 people in all. There are 2 double rooms with linen and electric blankets (for the out of season visitors) and 2 dorms sleeping 3 people in each. Two bathrooms are also available, one of which features a large old fashioned bath tub for those in need of a long relaxing soak.
The kitchen is well equipped and includes a dishwasher for those who hate washing up. In addition to all this Hilltop has some cool complimentary equipment. 2 mountain bikes, canoes for exploring the beautiful Tahakopa estuary, boogie boards and wet suit for the surfers among you, Internet access for a different kind of surfing or for those wanting to check or send email. CD player and a selection of great CD's not to mention Laundry facilities and tea and coffee. kitchen
guests relaxing In the summer time the conservatory is a great place to relax with a good book and at cooler times of the year settle down in front of a cosy log fire in the living area. We are situated at 77 Tahakopa Valley Road just off the southern scenic route at Papatowai. For those without transport there are two public services which operate daily during the summer months, the bottom bus from Dunedin to Riverton or the catlins coastal link from Invercargill to Dunedin. As the hostel is situated on a working farm guests are more than welcome to participate in whatever farm activities are taking place at the time of their visit.

Accommodation Rates      (inclusive of linen etc)     $25  dorm beds    $65   double room    $75   ensuite double room

We hope this page has given you all the information about us that you need, if not just email or give us a call as we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you soon,
Rodney McDonald.

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