- Free Wi-Fi
- Self-Catering Facilities
- 24 Hour Reception
- Bicycle Parking
- Board Games
- Book Exchange
- Breakfast Not Included
- Cable TV
- Common Room
- Cots available
- Free City Maps
- Free Internet Access
- Free Parking
- Fridge Freezer"
- Hair Dryers
- Hot Showers
- Internet Access
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Luggage Storage
- Reading Light
- Safe Deposit Box
- Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
- Towels for hire
- Washing machine
Check-in: Just to advise you that check-in is between 2-7 pm, If you think you will arrive later than 7pm please ring and let us know.
Payment: We accept Cash, New Zealand cheque or on-line/internet banking on arrival. If paying by Mastercard or Visa there will be a 3% fee added to your total. Sorry but we do not accept EFTPOS.
Car parking is available on site.
Please also note that we do not have good mobile phone coverage. However we do have FREE Wifi and a FREE landline phone for your use, but we are sure you will enjoy your stay in the Catlins.
Your property-specific policy states:
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
Pets are not allowed.
Check-in / Check-out
Earliest check-in: 14:00
- Child Friendly
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Non Smoking
- Taxes Not Included
Group of 15 or more traveling to Catlins?
Basic 8 Bed Mixed Dorm
Standard 4 Bed Family Room Shared Bathroom
Basic Double Bed Private Shared Bathroom
Basic Twin Private Shared Bathroom
Standard Double Bed Private Shared Bathroom
About Surat Bay Lodge - The Catlins
Our friendly hostel is situated in New Haven on the edge of the Catlins Estuary right next to a beautiful beach (Surat Bay) inhabited by native New Zealand Sea Lions.
This is a spectacular and inspiring place to base yourself for a few days, and experience one of New Zealand's finest natural havens of wonderful scenery and wildlife in its native environment.
We are 5 kilometres from Owaka (the main town in the Catlins) and off the Southern Scenic Route that runs between Te Anau, Invercargill and Dunedin.
We are a Budget Backpacker Hostel - the largest hostel network, currently over 325 hostels, in New Zealand - and we offer guaranteed prices for BBH Club Card members.
Since 10th March 2016 Surat Bay Lodge is now under new Ownership.
Double room (Queen beds)
Family room (Queen, Bunk bed, single bed)
4 Bed Dorm
8 Bed dorm
All beds have pillow, fitted bottom sheet & warm duvet. Double and Twin also has towels
Each room has central heating
Around Surat Bay Lodge:
Surat Bay to Cannibal Bay Walk (via False Islet and Headland Viewpoint) 1hr45mins
Walk along Surat Bay beach admiring the views and our native Sea Lions (You can even see them from our windows). When you come to the grassy sand dunes, take a right up to the Headlands for an unrivelled view of some of the Catlins Coastline. On the way down, continue right, accross the dunes, on to Cannibal Bay - a haul-up spot for one of the largest Sea Lion colonies in the area.
Jacobs Hill: Ask the owner to call the farmer for access to the private land on which Jacobs Hill stands prominently above Surat Bay. A half hour walk to the top offers amazing views of Cannibal Bay, Surat Bay and Jacks Bay, plus Catlins Estuary and beyond.
Stargazing and Bird Watching: Surat Bay and the Catlins Estuary attracts many birds native to the area. It's a beautiful spot to check out the wildlife; come see us for binoculars for a closer look. King Fishers, Tui's and Fan-tails are regularily seen from our windows! Also, the area is a perfect spot for stargazing, maybe even a glimpse of those Southern Lights on a crisp, clear winters evening. No lights in the area and a clear sky make for the perfect spot to set out a blanket and watch the wonders of the Milky Way. Don't forget to wish upon a shooting star!
Collect-your-own Fresh Seafood: At Hina Hina on low tide, on the way to Jack's Bay, you can collect 150 Fresh Cockles each for dinner! Also at Kaka Point on low tide, you can also collect 50 NZ Fresh Mussels and 10 Paua (NZ-only Shellfish) each for Dinner! Fresh seafood is a-plenty.
Local Catlins Attractions:
Owaka Museum - 5 minutes by car.
Hina Hina - for the collection of Fresh Cockles at Low Tide - 10 minutes by car.
Kaka Point for the collection of Fresh NZ Mussels and Paua at low tide - 20 minutes by car.
Parakanui falls - 15 minutes by car.
Jack’s Blowhole and Jack's Bay - 20 minutes by car.
Nugget Point and Roaring Bay for Yellow-Eyed Penguin Spotting - 30 minutes by car.
Papatowai, McLeans Falls, Cathedral Caves, Curio Bay, Slope Point and more, are all just half hour to an hours drive from Surat Bay!
Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 1 day before arrival. After this date, charges will be applied by the property up to the first nights cost of the reservation, unless otherwise stated in the property’s conditions. Deposits paid are non refundable.