Tautuku Forest Cabins

Papatowai Cabins/Cottages/Units/Houses From $10/night
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Check In: 12:00 | Check Out: 12:00

Open Hours: 8am to 8pm

Our cosy, well equipped cabins set in our large native forest reserve provide a great central base for exploring the beautiful Catlins. Local native wildlife includes abundant forest, wetland and sea birds. Special animals are the sea lions, Hector's dolphins and hoiho (yellow-eyed penguins).


Forest and Bird Society cabins on the Lenz Reserve at Tautuku, in the heart of The Catlins. Forest walks in Lenz Reserve, By booking these cabins, you are contributing to conservation.

3 SEPARATE CABINS. Mattresses and pillows provided, bring own sleeping bags/bedding including pillowcases. You must clean your own accommodation & bathroom on departure:

* THE COTTAGE (sleeps 8-10) For small groups, see "NOTE" below.
* COUTTS CABIN (sleeps 4)
* A-FRAME (sleeps 2)

For more specific information on each cabin, click on the cabin name in the booking calendar above.

All cabins are self-contained with: fridge, cooker, microwave, dishes, cutlery and pots. Book the cabin which suits the number in your group, but pay only for the number of adults and children who stay.

NOTE: Groups with fewer than 5 people may only book THE COTTAGE if no other cabin is available.

Groups who are not sure of their numbers and groups wishing to book the whole complex should book by email (tautukucabins@gmail.com)


  • Bush Setting
  • Clothes Line
  • Cooking Facilities
  • Cooktop
  • Flush Toilets
  • Heating
  • Kitchen - Fully Equipped
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Non-smoking property
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Not Suitable for Caravans or Camper Trailers
  • Onsite Manager
  • On-site parking
  • Picnic Tables
  • Rainwater Tanks
  • Self Contained
  • Self Contained (Some rooms only)
  • Self-service Check-in
  • Shared Bathroom
  • Unsealed Road Access
  • Verandah

Map & Directions

614 Chaslands Highway, Tautuku, The Catlins, Otago, New Zealand, 9586


10 minutes drive south of Papatowai Township on the Southern Scenic Route. COLLECT YOUR KEYS FROM THE ON-SITE WARDEN. ENTRANCE GATE COMBINATION 1945

Cancellation Policy

By making a booking at the Tautuku Forest cabins this agreement is a legal contract and the parties agree to the following terms and conditions.
Cancellations or changes must be advised as soon as practicable to allow bookings to be reopened for other guests.

A full refund less the booking fee of $20 will be given for cancellations due to medical circumstances, or closure of the Lodge at times (for example) of a pandemic or regional emergency.

A refund less the booking fee of $20 will apply for cancellations requested up to a month before the first date of your booking.
For cancellations due to bad weather or a change of travel or mind in the 28 days before the booking date, a refund of 50% less booking fee of $20 will be given. We can rebook you for no penalty for a different date for the same number of days. The rebooking must be made within a year.

Refunds are made to the same credit card that was used to make the booking.

Contact the manager tautukucabins@gmail.com for cancellations and refunds

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